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Thursday, July 25, 2013

God Created Me To Serve

In summary of 2 Timothy 1:9 it says, “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”

Bottom Line:
God saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

What this means to me:

God is the one who saved me from the ultimate punishment of my sin.  He calls me to be one of his own people, with a life set apart for his purpose.  He did this, not because of something I did, or anything I would even deserve.  From the beginning this was all part of his plan and purpose.  He shows me grace through Christ.  In this grace I was saved, and as such, I have been gifted for ministry; to serve others. My ministry will use all of my talents, gifts, and abilities. God wants me to use those to help others. Every time I do, I’ll be doing ministry.  Ministry is really nothing fancy, scary, or supernatural. It's just helping others. Furthermore, my ministry is necessary in the church. I’m a part of this family. If I don't use my talents, I end up cheat others.  Likewise, when others don’t use their talents they cheat the congregation and myself.  Anytime I use my talents and gifts in the name of Jesus to help others, I’m ministering.  In summary, I need to use what God has equipped me with to help and serve others (this is what he created me for.)  When I do, I’m fulfilling his will for me.  If I refuse to use my talents or serve, I’m in essence cheating others and not living out God’s will.