Saved to Serve
I learned in my early Christian life that I was “Saved to Serve”. God had forgiven me and my responsibility was to serve God in return; to witness, to care for the sick or weak, to reach the lost and fulfill the great commission. That was my job.
How well did I do at my job? By many standards I did quite well. I worked harder than most Christians, certainly harder than the luke warms ones. I was committed to serving and committed my life to full-time service. When I asked my wife to marry me I told her of my commitment to serve God and then ask her will you marry me and serve together. She said yes, not knowing the cost or what I would require.
I burned out royally trying to fulfill my ill conceived concept of “saved to serve”. I began to learn that my purpose was to be His son more than His servant; to walk in an intimate relationship as husband not master.
However, serving and work became a dirty words then. In many of the grace circles to emphasize work or service was seen as anti grace. Grace excluded works, and works seemed to exclude grace.
Ephesians 2:10 though puts it in great perspective for me. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Romans 6:4 says it this way, “Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 7:4 words it slightly different; “in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:6 says, “that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”
Works and grace are not opposed to each other, they compliment each other if we understand them properly. Works from a law perspective only brings condemnation. Works from a grace perspective brings fulfillment. Works from a law perspective is trying to gain something through the work. Maybe it is God’s acceptance or our own acceptance. Maybe it is God’s blessing we are trying to gain. Works from a Grace perspective is working from a place of resting in God’s acceptance. Ephesians 2:10 tells us these works have been prepared before hand that we might walk in them. This kind of work comes from within because of who you are and how you were designed. These works match exactly who you are. They are not burdensome nor laborious. They flow from within. You can not image not doing them. They are freeing not condemning. It is what you were created for. Maybe it is hammering a nail to build a house or wielding a scalpel as a doctor to help heal a patient. In all of this God has designed us as sons and daughters to walk and work.
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