We were put on Earth to make a contribution. God designed us to make a difference with our lives—He wants us to give something back.
-We were created to serve God. Whenever we serve others in any way, we are actually serving God & fulfilling one of our purposes.
-We were saved to serve God. If we have no love for others, no desire to serve others, and we are only concerned about our needs, we should question whether Christ is really in our lives. A saved heart is one that wants to serve.
When Peter’s sick mother-in-law was healed by Jesus, she instantly “stood up & began to serve Jesus” using her new gift of health. We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around & wait for heaven.
-We are called to serve God. Anytime we use our God-given abilities to help others, we are fulfilling our calling. How much of our time are we being useful in the service of God? In some churches in China, they welcome new believers by saying “Jesus now has a new pair of eyes to see with, new ears to listen with, new hands to help with, and a new heart to love others with”. However, today thousands of local churches are dying because of Christians who are unwilling to serve. They sit on the sidelines as spectators, & the Body suffers.
-We are commanded to serve God. “Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve & to give my life”. Jesus came “to serve” & “to give” & this should also define our life on Earth. Mother Teresa said, “Holy living consists in doing God’s work with a smile”.
Spiritual maturity is never an end in itself. We grow up in order to give out. We must act on what we know & practice what we claim to believe. Galilee is a lake full of life because it takes in water but also gives it out. The Dead Sea has stagnated because it has no outflow.
Warren tells us the last thing many believers need today is another Bible study. We already know more than we are putting into practice. We need serving experiences in which we can exercise our spiritual muscles.
Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. We say “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs & blesses me”, not “I’m looking for a place to serve & be a blessing”. As we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. We must stop asking “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and start asking “Whose needs can I meet?” Do we ever ask that question?
Preparing for Eternity At the end of our life on Earth, we will stand before God & he is going to evaluate how well we served others with our lives. One day God will compare how much time & energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others. We are only fully alive when we are serving others. God wants us to learn to love & serve others unselfishly.
Serving & Significance We are going to give our lives for something. Will it be for a career, sport, hobby, fame, wealth? Service is the pathway to real significance.
What matters isn’t the duration of our lives, but the donation of it. Not how long we lived, but how we lived.
What’s our excuse? Abraham was old, but did you know Jacob was insecure, Leah unattractive, Joseph abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon poor, Rahab immoral, Elijah suicidal, Jeremiah depressed, Jonah reluctant, Naomi a widow, John the Baptist eccentric, Peter impulsive & hot-tempered, Thomas had doubts, Paul poor health, Timothy timid. Yet God used each of them in His service.
He will use us too, if we stop making excuses.
Question to Consider: What is holding me back from accepting God’s call to serve him?
* We will be writing about what inspires us from each consecutive chapter of Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. If you read along with us, please share your inspirations. There’s no need to catch up, just jump right in.