Daily Devotions Day 5 - Serve

We are Servants of The Gospel

How Do I Serve in the Kingdom?

 “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” - Ephesians‬ ‭3:7-9

A servant of the Gospel. I love that. We are called over and over again to be servants. To serve as Jesus served. To love as Jesus loves. To live as Jesus lives.

We are given this by the grace of God. This gift from Him. Free to us all. Absolutely amazing.

His riches are endless.

His mercy is endless.

His grace is endless.

His love is endless.

His hope is endless.

Today. Think on servanthood. Think on how to serve others and lift up the name of Jesus in your own life so that you can be an example of His life, love, hope and mercy.  His grace, His kindness, His compassion.



Take a moment to stop.  Think about how to serve.  Slow down for a minute and think on how to serve your wife, your husband, your kids.  Maybe it’s a family outing to a homeless shelter. Maybe it’s serving on a team at church.  All of these acts of serving and kindness do nothing but draw us closer to Jesus and instill in us the kindness and compassion He teaches us and shows us daily.

Today.  Think on all of this and act.  To God be all the glory today.

Can you share your plan for even a small act of service in the comments?

Let's all pray and encourage each other to commit to loving service.

As we walk together through the 5th day of this devotional journey, I wanted to find a way to help you take this home with you. Taking an experience of community, worship, and devotion to friends and family can be tough.

But, in service, we are called to do exactly THAT!

If you're looking for a way to share this journey of faith with others or just make prayer like this a regular practice, I'd like to help and have an idea, click here to check it out.

Worship with Music...

Speaking of service...this song says it all.

When we love others and serve them, we are literally being Christ to those people.

We are a reflection of Him.

Pray that you and I always will be a reflection of God's love!


  1. Carmen Houk on March 1, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    When we choose to live our lives as Gods words it brings such inner peace. I feel Gods presence when I work with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. He guides my thoughts and makes my path clear with my work, my family, and the people I love🙏🏻🌸

    • Renee on March 4, 2020 at 1:36 am

      I reflect on servatude daily in my career as an RN in a trauma hospital. Every morning I pray on the way to work to serve God and his people.

      • Dave Pettigrew on March 6, 2020 at 4:03 pm

        Renee, Amen. Keep up the great work.

        • Dolores L on February 11, 2021 at 1:42 pm

          I try to b humble and serve as much as I can.Thank you

      • Helen on April 11, 2020 at 4:54 am

        I am trying to be in example to our kids, our kids are all grown up now we have 5 kids, as young children we took them to church and Sunday school all the time as long as we could get them to come, we tried our best to raise them right, and some of them accepted Jesus as Savior as young kids but now that they’re adults none of them are living for the Lord, I am very concerned for their souls.. please pray for them… and for us as parents for wisdom!

        • Renee Rimene on August 21, 2020 at 3:23 am

          Just to encourage and lift you up sister Helen meditate and feast on this spiritual scripture psalm 23 He the spirit did it with me once your own spirit takes hold of the word it shall come to life This scripture shall manifest the Lord Jesus said as the Father and I are one so are we He takes our eyes off self We are beside the still waters We are at rest He is now the Shepard My sheep hear my voice and they follow me His purpose We are totally sufficient reliant on him We are demonstrating our need of him so sister see him not our circumstances He is able We are weak God Bless you and your family

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Carmen, So true. I feel the same way. Thanks so much for the work that you do with Alzheimer’s & Dementia patients. Sharing the love of Jesus in that way is just amazing. Thank you.

    • Sue Britel on March 9, 2020 at 7:45 am

      I love to serve the Lord in his house. There are many ways we can do that especially in a big church. Myself I serve in teas and coffees in the Eve once a month. Also Foodbank which is a ministry which is continuously growing because of the needs of people. But we can serve within the family of God just by supportjng people by spending time with needy christians. Sometimes just a phone call will make a huge difference for someone. Also do we realise there are acts of service that when we are obedient we are serving Jesus himself. That is an amazing thought.

    • Sharon Adreon on May 1, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you for the devotion. Love the music. God bless you for serving us.

    • Brenda Ritchie s on August 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      I try very hard, but some days I fall so short and I get angry with myself and tell myself that I am not worthy enough to be one of God’s servants, I can’t even serve myself.

    • Renee Rimene on August 21, 2020 at 3:40 am

      Grace be unto you sister I also serve the Lord in this field if one thing I’m confident of miracles and healings are the Lords business 3years ago my husband was diagnosed with alzheimers But Faith has risen up in me so has hope I cant see the the enemies plans only the Lords you also will see these miracles in your work place peace be unto you

  2. Jeannie on March 2, 2020 at 1:14 am

    I’ve felt the call to start Celebrate Recovery at my church for a long time. Finally God gave me the sign that the time is now. We’re just in the early stages of getting started, but seeing people come together to share and heal from their hurts, hang-ups and habits has already been amazing! This program saved my life in so many ways and being blessed to be called to bring this program to others is such a humbling honor.

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      Jeannie, thanks so much for starting the group. Please let me know where it will be located. We are starting to work with CR groups by leading worship at the meetings. Maybe we can come out and lead worship at yours!

  3. Stephanie Otis on March 2, 2020 at 1:14 am

    I’ve seen your concerts twice in the past year, and I’m really hoping that I might be well enough to come at the end of next month. It’s been a very trying past month, and involved making choices I never thought a human heart should be forced to make, and questioning what God might think of me for choosing modern medicine over something this human body is being told isn’t strong enough to survive… but my fiancé has reminded me that my purpose has always been to serve others, and we will continue to do it as a couple this next year, no matter what it takes, and although we may not be able to carry a child of our own, we will give all of our selves to other children who need us. One day, my heart will forgive this awful choice and I will believe I have done everything that I could. One day, I will love others with such a strong and experienced love, I won’t question my reason for existence or the choices I’ve made. All I’ve ever wanted was to be a reflection of His love, and I think that is what heals my breaking heart right now.

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Stephanie, Thanks for your very honest comment. Prayers up for you as God continues to walk you through all of this…

    • Christine Ervin on March 23, 2020 at 1:34 am

      Thank you Dave . I look forward to your devotionals. They make me feel closer to God

      • Dave Pettigrew on March 23, 2020 at 2:19 am

        Christine, Thanks so much. So glad you enjoyed the devotions! We have new video devotions that come out every wednesday at 8pm EST over at daveonfacebook.com

        If you’d like to receive daily devotions delivered right to your inbox you can become a member over at http://www.joindavesband.com and join our community of over 100 folks digging deeper into the bible each day.


  4. Sheila Nichols on March 2, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I pray without ceasing,I read my Bible everyday,the devil would like me to give up,but God is my father and I trust him more than100%,the devil is a liar !! I was woken by God,and he gave a mission to do,I am making pillow cases ,with pillows,and the first 10 are going to the homeless veterans,and then 10 for the homeless ! My mission is called,” A Pillow for your head,”then are making blankets after that,for the veterans & the homeless,then i will wait to see what God wants me to do next !

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Stephanie, Thanks for the comment. Amazing! Keep it up. God is using you. So great to see!

  5. Melanie on March 2, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Who would have thought that bringing a group of random folks together to hike would be a service. That is what happened! We got to know each other better, exercised our bodies and hearts together. Praised God’s creation together.

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Melanie, So great to hear. Prayers up for your hikes!

  6. David Deitrich on March 2, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Wow that was an amazing devotion here Dave !!
    I’ll tell ya I’ve been having a really tough two months …. worries , sickness , financial woes . I’ve been just so busy with my life that I haven’t been really serving the lord as much as I should be . Then I feel that the Lord was talking to me through your devotional video that I watched early this morning .. how you were talking about how many times do we kneel and just pray to our father , how many times do we bring the lord into our daily lives . Well with you saying In that video that we should forget about our worries , our hardships , and our financial woes and start building a relationship with the Lord and start leaning on him to help us through what we’re going through . I’ll tell you … that struck me big time cause I know I was feeling something cause I started crying . So now starting tonight I am going to be praying a lot more to the lord and bringing him into my life a lot more … I’m even going to start going back to Church this Sunday cause I know I need my father in my life !!! Now and Forever !!!! I love what you’re doing for me and everyone else that is your on your list !! Keep up the amazing work you are doing by serving the lord !!! Amen !! 😀🙏❤️

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      David, thanks for the comment. So great to have you with us on the devotions. Prayers up for all that’s going on. Yes, head back to church, your relationship with God will continue to bring about great changes in your life. Prayers up for all it all!

  7. Joanne Monserrate on March 2, 2020 at 2:24 am

    I needed this today so very much.Thank you lord for giving each of us a gift to share with others in this walk of life.

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Joanne, thanks for the comment. So glad that you’re enjoying these devotions. Hope you decide to keep them coming to your inbox!

  8. Steven A San Giacomo on March 2, 2020 at 8:39 am

    I recently served with my sons on the relief bus in newark penn station… i want to start serving in the family ministry with my sons…. Our youth need Godly direction….
    Love you brother… miss you

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks brotha! Hope you guys are well. See you at a show soon!

  9. Beverly Herman on March 2, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I’m in a rehab recovering from bilateral knee replacement. I had a rough night-lots of pain, painful trips to the bathroom, etc-to be awakened by a nurse who wanted to stick me to draw blood! You served me this morning in a way you could never have known! You reminded me of the Love, Grace, and Mercy of my Lord in every circumstance! I will rejoice in my pain, and I will praise Him for His healing power , and His Church who have been praying for me, visiting me, and serving me. I pray He will use me today to serve someone in some way. Thank you, Dave. Bless you!

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Beverly. Thanks for the note. So glad that you’re enjoying these devotions. Prayers up for all that you’re going through, for healing and peace! Hope you decide to continue to the receive the devotions that we write daily. Thanks!

  10. Barbara on March 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    As a traveling medical lab tech I am constantly going to new places and finding a way to serve is often challenging! It’s not hard to find great places to worship but serving is a little more difficult! But I am always looking for ways to serve!

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      Barbara, Thanks for the comment. God will lead you to places to serve for sure. Continued prayers for you!

  11. Kelly on March 2, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I think a small act of service is something as simple as smiling at someone or holding a door open for another. I think we often think acts of service have to be something huge, but really a lot of it is in the small thoughtful things we can do for someone else to let them feel noticed and cared about. Anything that puts the other person before yourself is an act of love and service. So today I will make it a point to make others feel “seen” by God, even if they don’t know Him.

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 5, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      Kelly. Agreed! That is such a small way to serve people. Smiles, treating people with integrity and honor and respect. It’s so powerful. Prayers up for you!

  12. Susan on April 16, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you for this devotion I was so blessed and a beautiful song. We are to serve just like Jesus and reflect his love. We are to shine in this world.

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 17, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks for the note Susan. Yes, we are here to be a Reflection of Him.

  13. Marc Major on April 21, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Jesus gave us example after example of servant leadership and if we truly want to live like Jesus, the first order of business for us all to seek out those who we can serve each day. Each day I pray God lead me to the people would want me to share your love with today.

  14. Pearl Patrick on April 24, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you Dave, for taking time out of your day to share a devotion with us.. It’s great to come in to work each morning and see a devotion from you in my inbox. I am new to your devotions and I have been very inspired by them. I love the music as well. Thank you again for sharing.

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Pearl. Appreciate you being a part of the devotions with us. So glad you’re enjoying them!

  15. Sheryl Lambert on May 11, 2020 at 6:56 am

    I’m a wife, Mum, Grandmother & sister..I serve my family practically & pray for them. I have a wonderful church family where I would normally attend but it’s all online at present. I cooked up a batch of meals to be donated & left some groceries for our neighbours who are struggling at present. My hubby & I sent letters in the mail to our grandkids & vica versa..An encouraging phone call to friends & the elderly is something I do too..thanks for your devotions..our service is all for God’s glory & to see others won into the Kingdom.

    • Dave Pettigrew on May 14, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Amen Sheryl. Agreed. This type of service is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Charlie McTavish on May 24, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Dave what a beautiful song that was. I want to be a reflection of God as well. Read Romans 1:9 and 11 last night and felt a huge conviction in my heart by the Holy Spirit. Paul was telling the Romans how much he prayed for them and as I examined my own heart, I realised that yes I do pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ but not as often as I should do. I really want to change that. Would you mind praying for me please?

    • Dave Pettigrew on May 28, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Charlie, thanks for the kind words. So glad you enjoyed the song. Prayers up for you as you lift others up in prayer.

  17. Norma McNab on July 3, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Once again this devotional and song matches my prayer so well. My prayer is that I make more room for Holy Spirit, in my heart that I may have the heart of God filled with the love of and for Him. That there be more room in my mind that I may have the mind of Christ, filled with His wisdom and more room in my soul that I may be filled with willingness and obedience to serve so that my very life and being reflects Jesus.

  18. tammy deel on July 21, 2020 at 2:46 am

    my life turned upside down 4 years ago June 10 my husband was invovled in a vehicle vs motorcycle crash ( he was on the motorcycle). he now resides in a nursing facility and now with covid i cannot see him. before covid i was there everyday from lunch to bedtime with with the occasional leaving and coming back making it 2 times in a day. He is unable to care for himself get out of bed, and has difficulty with speech sometimes his words come out jumbled and not what hes trying to say. i have been helping the people with his care when i was there. so life changed again with covid he had do depend on only them to care for him. he has adjusted but he is lonely and sometimes frustrated because he cannot get the words out. i have been praying that the virus does not get into the facility. . and i have prayed that God helps him while i cannot be there. the last few times i have asked him if he wanted me to pray while were on the phone and Praise Jesus he said no but was shaking his head yes so we prayed for god to bless the hands that are taking care of him and to keep them all at the facility safe and out of harms way. I have recently rededicated my life to Christ. I gave my normal life up to sit by husbands side to care for him. I feel its my place as his wife to make sure he is getting the best care i can give and get for him. I’m not sure if this what doing Gods work is but i feel thats where i need to be and unfortunately cant. I’m Trying to figure out what works i can do for Jesus I pray that he helps me to figure this out how i canwork more for him or for the church as volunteering my time. I am also helping to care for my mother-in-law who has gotten up in age. at least until i can care for my husband again. there are so many of the residents in the nursing homes that no family comes to see them and it breaks my heart to see this it really makes thier day for you just to say hi to them or chat for a bit with them. It was scary at first but they are just people like us. they have problems but most of them have the biggest hearts and are so thankful for a kind word. So if you have a chance to volunteer or just stop in to visit with residents in your local facilities when the open back up im sure you will recieve as much of a blessing as u give to them.

    • Dave Pettigrew on July 22, 2020 at 3:27 pm


      thanks so much for sharing. prayers up for all you have going on in your life. May Jesus comfort and heal in all situations….

      Thanks for being a part of these devotions…

  19. Brenda Ritchie s on August 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I try very hard, but some days I fall so short and I get angry with myself and tell myself that I am not worthy enough to be one of God’s servants, I can’t even serve myself.

  20. Michele Blondin on September 15, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Love your music am I able to by an CD. Please let me know thank you.

    • Dave Pettigrew on September 15, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      Michele, thanks for the note. Yes, you can grab music, merch and more at http://www.buydpstuff.com – thanks so much!

  21. Linda L Wells on November 7, 2020 at 1:29 am

    Thank you Dave for the Devotion for today and I loved the song you sang. A Reflection of you. Really spoke to my heart of my Born Again Experience and growth of a Christian life. I thank the Lord for you and your love for others Dave. God bless you! I have not really retired yet, and find my hands full of things to do helping my daughter with her three kids is a task, but they al know the Lord. We are in lockdown right now and have been for months. Now I help with all I can even with the Education. I love to worship the Lord in song and is what I try to do daily. There is more I want to do and have been asking the Lord. Please keep me in prayers, ok?
    Thank you!

  22. Angela Rexroad on January 24, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    At 17 i a tug wrestling the word book was a tug of war in my spirit i said God i ponder your words years went by last 3 years the phrase write a book of your life a 🔥 stirring me i need laptop n give me title unknown Grace was given year half ago i said need publishing my daughter was at dark place with drugs 4 years ago almost arrested n 🔫 pulled out on her saw your video of you nephew related beautiful so believe for restoration all of it even restoration with daughters father PR
    when time is right could i work with your publishing company? bountiful blessings

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