by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday July 30, 2005
The Call to Serve
God hasn’t just called us to receive salvation; He’s called us to serve Him. We were created to serve by walking in Jesus’ footsteps and bringing His life to everything we touch (Ephesians 2:10). Serving God is not reserved for preachers, missionaries, and those in so-called “full-time Christian service.” Every child of God is called to full-time Christian service—right where each one is living and working! He has equipped each individual with special gifts that are perfectly suited to His plans for your life and the effect He wants you to have on others. (1 Peter 4:10) Many mistakenly think the only way to serve God is inside the church building. But there are thousands of ways to serve: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 NIV). If you are living a sanctified life, you will reflect Christ in “whatever” you’re doing.
Just as Jesus’ life was characterized by an attitude of servanthood (Matthew 20:28), we must also be servants. But why, then, do so many Christians prefer to be served than to serve? Genuine servanthood begins with a heart that says this: “Father, You own me, and everything I have is Yours. You’re my Lord and my God, and worthy of all I can give. Whatever You want me to do, no matter how big or small, the answer is yes. You’ve promised to equip and anoint me with Your Spirit to enable me to do whatever You’ve called me to do, so here I am as Your servant.”
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