The Christian has been saved for service. Notice that I did not say “saved by service.” We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and we have been saved for service, not by it. If you’ll recall Monday’s blog, I said that we have been saved by grace through faith; we have been saved from our isolation and saved to community; today I add the truth that we have been saved for service.
God has paid the ultimate price for us through the blood of His precious Son, Jesus Christ. Yet we are not called by God to serve Him out of a sense of duty, but rather out of a sense of devotion . . . out of a heart that beats with love and thanksgiving. Our service to God is to be rooted in gratitude, not guilt, and we are to be the hands of the Holy One. This is illustrated by the following story:
At the end of World War II a group of German students volunteered to help rebuild an English cathedral that had been severely damaged by German bombs. As the work progressed, they were concerned about a large statue of Jesus, whose arms were outstretched and beneath was the inscription, “Come unto Me!” The hands were completely destroyed, and as hard as they tried they could not mend them. So they decided to let the hands remain missing and changed the inscription to . . .
CHRIST HAS NO HANDS BUT OURS!
What a wonderful solution these students devised! Christ has no hands but ours! That is a wonderful truth that should provide all the motivation we need to live for Jesus. The truth is, we will all give our lives for something. Some give their lives to their careers; others give their lives for fame and fortune; still others give their lives over to their hobbies.
So . . . what will you give your life for? Will it be to expand the cause of your kingdom . . . or His kingdom? Will you be pursuing your agenda . . . or the agenda of the Almighty? Remember, Christ has no hands but ours. May our hands stay engaged in the work of expanding His kingdom throughout a fallen and broken world, as fallen and broken people who are saved by God’s grace and called to a life of joyful, selfless service.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!