Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to speak to a fabulous group of folks at a dinner honoring and thanking them for their work and service. Today’s post is the introduction to that talk. (If you want to watch the video, it’s on YouTube.) Next week, I’ll post the heart of the talk.
God is a God who works. From the first time we see God on the opening pages of Scripture, He is working. Jesus mentioned His work many times in the Gospels. He said things like He was doing the work He was sent to do, that He had to work while it was day, and finally that He had finished His work. He said that He didn’t come to be served but to serve. He also said that whoever wishes to be great must become the servant.
God has elevated the idea of working and serving by modeling it. We as His people are designed to imitate him that way, and it begins at salvation. God didn’t save us for nothing. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We have been created and saved for a purpose. In God’s grace, in His wisdom, He doesn’t just toss out there to find our own way, to sink or swim. He equips us for those good works. In fact Jesus tells us that. He says in John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” We have been specifically, individually chosen by Jesus Christ to fulfill a particular kingdom work of eternal significance, and the Father will supply whatever we need to accomplish that task.
- We are saved to work.
- Jesus chooses us to work.
- The Father equips us for that work.
- The Holy Spirit directs and empowers us for that work.
And it’s just that simple, right? It should be. But often it’s not. We find out quickly that the work is HARD.
Why is that? The instant you resolve, the moment you commit to obey God and to serve Him, to accept His commission, you become a target, a target of the most powerful force of evil the universe has ever known. So even the simplest, most mundane tasks become a skirmish in that battle of good versus evil.
Thankfully, we have much better than a superhero cape! We have the armor of God. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit, and we have the word of Jesus Christ Himself that the battle has already been won!
So hang in there! Keeping working, serving, using your gifts. And let me say thank you!