SAVED TO SERVE! Every Christian should realize this biblical truth and put it into action. It is sometimes hard to wrap your arms around this truth when you live in a “me first” generation. When people around you are self-centered and focused on serving self above all else even Christ loving Christians may find it hard to follow this biblical truth. But saved to serve is biblical truth. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus and said, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV). Serving others will not save us nor will it save others but serving others will demonstrate obedience to God’s Word, a changed life, and God’s love for others. Jesus did not come to serve self. He came to serve others. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many,” (Mark 10:45 NIV). As Christ-followers we need to be servants to those around us. Not doormats to be walked on or “good” people to be abused but rather compassionate people to assist and serve others in the same manner and way Jesus did.
In our current social climate real servants will be noticed for their lifestyles and attitudes. Even a cup of water in Jesus’ name will not go unrewarded or unnoticed in today’s world. Politeness in holding a door for someone, take a meal to a sick neighbor, give someone a ride, babysit for someone who needs a helping hand, shovel a snow-filled walk, or blow some leaves; these are all small ways to serve but they demonstrate an attitude and heart of concern for others. God works in some strange ways to help us do the things He has prepared for us to do and demonstrate our desire and ability to serve. If as a Christ-follower we open our heart and life each day to serve God then God will use us whether we are an able-bodied energetic person of any age or whether we may be limited by infirmities of one kind or another. We may pray, give, or go; one or all three but at least one. We may be home bound or in a very active lifestyle but in every situation God can use us to serve Him. As Christians we are saved to serve. Let’s do it today!