Why should I want to serve God?

Here's the answer:

The best reason to serve God is because we love Him. But there are other reasons too.

God loves us more than anyone on earth does. He died in our place on the cross so we could have our sins forgiven, and He gives us the free gift of eternal life when we believe in Him. "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life" (John 3:16). This kind of belief means not only that we believe in what Jesus did for us, but also that we turn from our sinful ways to walk God's ways (that’s also called "repentance").

Jesus suffered so much for us. He was made fun of, beaten, spit on, lied about, and falsely accused. A good friend betrayed Jesus, and one of His closest friends denied that he even knew Jesus—three times! Jesus went through these things so He could identify with everything we will ever go through.

God comforts, encourages, instructs, and gives peace, joy, and love—all that, and heaven too, are free gifts from Him! He is your Provider and Protector, and He promises never to leave or forsake you if you believe in Him. And Jesus loves children! Read Matthew 18:1–14 to see how important you are to Him.

These are all good reasons for you to want to serve God. Serving Him is a way we can thank Him for what He has done for us.

One great way you can serve God is to obey your parents. When you obey them, you are also obeying God. You can also serve God by showing kindness to others, taking care of the body God has given you, praying, and studying God’s Word. When you serve God, it gives you peace and joy in your heart!

Bible Truth

"You must follow [God]. You must have respect for him. Keep his commands. Obey him. Serve him. Remain true to him" (Deuteronomy 13:4).

"But be sure to have respect for the LORD. Serve him faithfully. Do it with all your heart. Think about the great things he has done for you" (1 Samuel 2:24).

"But Christ offered himself to God without any flaw. He did this through the power of the eternal Holy Spirit. So how much more will his blood wash from our minds our feelings of guilt for committing sin! Sin always leads to death. But now we can serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14).