by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday April 11, 2006
The Service Response
Read the book of Acts, and you will see that Paul was constantly in danger. All through his epistles, he testified to persecution, threats, and hardship. In 1 Corinthians 15:30, he asks, “Why are we also in danger every hour?” His answer is that being a servant of the risen Savior is worth any trial.
The promise of eternal life and resurrection gave Paul boldness. His body could be stoned or crucified, but his soul was safe and would go to the Lord at the moment of death. If believers truly understood the great gift Christ gave through resurrection, they would serve Him without restraint. Far too often in our present world, believers who understand Paul’s commitment and desire are facing grueling persecution. Those of us living in comfortable situations are frequently more concerned with avoiding friction than being dedicated to God. The disapproval of peers and the busyness of daily life keep us from serving.
Our eternal life, which began the day we were saved, is not our own. Therefore, we must forfeit any claim to self. The Lord has a great message He wants shared. If we will release our stranglehold on our destiny, He will use us to reach people and perform acts of service we never expected.
For love of mankind, Jesus put on the mantle of humanity, suffered, and died so that we could be free from sin. He even conquered sin’s death penalty and rose again in order to guarantee that every believer would have eternal life. Our wholehearted service is the least we can offer for so great a sacrifice.
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