In Touch - Jan. 4, 2011
A Passion to Serve God
Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost For His Highest, died in 1917. His influence, however, lives on. God uses this man's book to speak to my heart and convict me. Chambers' message has lasted because he gave priority to things of eternal value rather than to things of the world.
Sadly, many people choose an existence with no enduring significance. Setting out to make as much money as possible, please oneself, and retire to "enjoy the good life" is unbiblical. Worthwhile living involves giving ourselves unreservedly to God so He can use us any way He sees fit. Christians like Chambers, who make a lasting impact in their sphere of influence, have a passion to serve the Lord. They look for ways to express their love and devotion to Him.
Believers are citizens of a heavenly kingdom, so "Servant of Almighty God" is part of their identity. I know what you're probably thinking: I have a secular job or My life doesn't matter much. Friend, if you are determined to find ways to be useful for the kingdom, God will supply tasks of eternal value. Be sensitive to people in need. Share your faith with those who hurt. Whether through your vocation or in your community, make yourself available to individuals who need help. Tell others what God is doing in your life.
You are called to serve God where you are. We have all been given the work of evangelists and teachers (Matt. 28:19) as well as the task of caring for those who are in need (Isa. 1:17; Gal. 6:2). Get busy for the kingdom. There is much work to be done.
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