There are a lot of people in this world who have a “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” mentality, willing to give to someone who can give something of value in return. But that’s the complete opposite of scripture. Those who are righteous in Christ (in right standing with God the Father) will act in ways that reflect their relationship with Him. Simple actions performed with a sincerity of heart can have a mighty impact on the recipient and bring glory to Jesus. Of course, we don’t serve the Lord to earn His favor—we already have grace, which is given freely—but by serving others we honor Him. He gave us mercy; He asks us to bestow mercy by serving others in His name.