Saved to Serve (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 266)
2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
God redeemed us through Christ’s blood so that we could do something with the grace we have been given. You’re not saved by your own works or your own merit. You’re not saved because you are a great person or because you had great parents because you are so good or so righteous. You are saved to do something about the grace by which you have received salvation and redemption.
When we accept Christ into our lives, God gives us a place and a purpose in his world. He offers us a role to play and places us in the right functions with the right capabilities to fulfill his good and perfect mission. God saved us and called us to live a life of holiness. He didn’t save us because we deserved salvation but because we wouldn’t be able to live in this life and in the life to come without it.
Scripture says it was God’s plan all along to extend grace to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus paid for our redemption with his life. It is our just and joyful duty to respond to that gift of grace and redemption by giving up our lives in service to him. You don’t have to be a church leader or a minister to serve God. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever skills and talents you have, God wants to use you for his glory. God redeemed you for you to serve.
It is by God’s amazing grace that we have been forgiven and set free from our past. It is through salvation that our life has meaning and purpose. It is by redemption that our future is bright, secure, and beautiful. In light of all of these wonderful benefits, we have nothing to worry about or to fear. We only need to live our lives in humble service and gratitude for the one who gave up his for us.
If you lack love for others and are only concerned about fulfilling your own needs, I would strongly suggest re-evaluating your faith. The Christian faith is one of grace, gratitude, and goodness. It is one of service that glorifies God and benefits everyone around us. Christ is a giver. We should follow in his footsteps and be givers too. Believers who truly have faith in their hearts and souls will desire desperately to serve wherever they are. You cannot get out of service and walk with Christ. The journey of faith is a journey of sacrifice and service. Let God use your life as a reflection of his good will in the earth.
“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”
— Amy Carmichael