This morning as I reflected upon this Scripture verse, I want to reinforce the fact that we have a God who truly loves us and wants to use each of us for His Glory. We belong to Him. He created us and we are His. He’s knows us by name (Isa.43:1-5).
“Now you belong to him . . . in order that you might be useful in the service of God” (Romans 7:4 TEV).
Our call to salvation includes our call to service. They are the same. Regardless of our job or career, we are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms. By the way, this is the key to effective and efficient leadership.
The Bible says, “He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose” (2 Timothy 1:9 TEV).
Peter adds, “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you” (1 Peter 2:9 GWT).
You see we are called to serve God. Growing up, you may have thought that being called by God was something only missionaries, pastors, nuns, and other full-time church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christians is called to service (Ephesians 4:4–14; see also Romans 1:6–7; 8:28–30; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 9, 26; 7:17; Philippians 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3).
Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, encourage them, assist them, disciple them, you are fulfilling your calling. The Bible says, “Now you belong to him . . . in order that you might be useful in the service of God” (Romans 7:4 TEV).
How much time are you 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.” Wow! What a thought! If only we could realize the impact God wants to have on others through us.
Father, I praise you this morning for your grace and love. You are truly a great God worthy of being loved back by each of us. It’s so easy to get caught up in our world and our lives that we forget we are to be just like Jesus and live as He lived among us. As we reflect upon our usefulness, help us to realize the impact we can have if we just live “holy” lives and quite worrying about the things outside of our control. Open our minds and thoughts to your will and way. Help us to be disciplined in our seeking you and to be authentic and genuine in our service for you. Amen!