Very often we think salvation is the end result. That once we are saved, all is done. But, actually, salvation is the start of a fruitful life. We are called to love and serve God. We are most satisfied and blessed by doing so. But when we live far from God, we don’t have the desire to serve anybody else but ourselves. That’s why, when we are not right with God, we are unable to serve. Thankfully that changes in God’s grace and power. God’s plan to save us also includes a plan for service afterward. Hence we are saved to serve.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me. (Exodus 8:1, AMP, emphasis added)
Just like the Israelites in Egypt could not serve their God, also we need to be liberated in order to serve our God. We are saved to serve and worship God. And that’s what God wants us to do. We are made right with God, not to get comfortable but to comfort others. That might feel like just changing from one kind of slavery to another kind but serving God is a blessing, not a curse.
After leaving the synagogue, Jesus, James, and John went home with Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed, sick with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them. (Mark 1:29-31, CEB, emphasis added)
Simon’s mother-in-law did not have to serve but she wanted to, that was her calling. Each of us has different callings but we are all called to serve and worship God. Serving is a blessing for us. Our callings give us purpose and meaning and that’s what God wants for us: fulfilling lives. We are doubly blessed: we are saved to serve.
Thank you for loving us so much that
even salvation is not all you want for us.
You want us to live fulfilling lives.
Be praised for calling to love and serve you.
Make us well, Lord, and empower us to serve you
with everything that you’ve given us.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you saved to serve? How do you serve God?
Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you embrace the “saved to serve” mentality and by God’s grace put it in action!