Serve Out of Your Position with God As His Child

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When it comes to serving, what is your mindset? How do you approach it? Where does your motivation come from?

When you think about what the Bible has to say on serving, what story pops into your mind first? Could it be where Jesus washes His disciples’ feet in John 13? We often use this chapter to say that Jesus set us an example of serving others, and because He did that, it is important for us to follow that example and serve those around us as well.

One of the verses we often overlook or dismiss as inconsequential in John 13 verse 3, which says that Jesus knew three things – that God had given Him authority and power, that He had come from God, and that He was returning to God. It was with that knowledge that He got up from the meal and washed the feet of His disciples. In other words, He wasn’t serving to earn a position with God. He knew that He already belonged to God, who was pleased with Him, and He served out of the position that He had with God.

Sometimes, we have the mindset towards serving that it’s one of the things God demands that we do if we want Him to be pleased with us. We do it in an attempt to earn His approval. If this is our reason for serving – to try to gain a position with God – we will get frustrated and burned out very quickly. On the other hand, if we realize that God already approves of and is pleased with us because of what Jesus did at the cross, we will be motivated to serve and minister to others out of a desire to share the amazing love and grace He has shown to us. This kind of motivation will be far more lasting, because His love and grace are without limit, and He desires to be constantly giving us a greater revelation of just how great they really are!

Why do you serve? To gain a position with God and His approval, out of the position you know you already have with Him as His child? Realize that God already accepts and cares about you, and begin to serve out of a desire to share the One who has shown you amazing goodness, mercy, grace, and love!

He Remembers Your Sins No More!

Hebrews 8:12

This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Hebrews 8:12. This verse states that to our iniquities, God will be merciful, and that our sins He will remember no more.

Under the old covenant, when you obeyed God’s commandments, blessings came upon you, but when you disobeyed, curses came upon you. Because of what Christ has done for us, however, a new covenant has been established, under which God is merciful to our unrighteousness. Because Christ took our punishment upon Himself, God, out of His mercy, not only refrains from giving us what we do deserve, but also, out of His grace, provides us with an abundance of blessings that we don’t deserve!

Because the price for our sins was paid in full at the cross, we have been totally forgiven in Christ. Not one of our sins remains undealt with. They have been completely erased – removed from us as far as the east is from the west
(Psalm 103:12). When God looks at us, He no longer sees our sins. In fact, He no longer even remembers them. That is how completely we have been forgiven!

Under the new covenant, God is merciful to our iniquities, not only refraining from giving us what we do deserve, but also giving us many good gifts that we don’t deserve. We have been forgiven of our every sin, to the point that God remembers them no more. Rejoice in the fact that there’s no longer anything standing between you and your Heavenly Father’s love and acceptance!

A Glimpse of His Love – Part Three

A Glimpse of His Love - Part ThreeMy understanding of God’s unequaled grace, love, and mercy wasn’t completed over that one trip. To this day, God continues to reveal to me more about the glorious gospel of Christ. The wonder of what Jesus did for us at the cross is so great that no matter how much we may know about it, there always remains more to comprehend.  Though I had a long way to go in understanding the full truth of the new covenant of God’s unmerited favor, the foundation for future revelation had been established.

As time went on, God continued to further reveal to me the good news of what His Son has accomplished. I came to understand how He had never intended for us to live under the burden of guilt and condemnation in the first place, and how the law was our
” . . . tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24, NASB). It was given to show mankind just how sinful they really were, that they would recognize their need for a Savior and turn to Him – rather than their own works – to secure their righteousness. He enabled me to more fully grasp the fact that we are made right with Him through faith (Romans 3:22), not by the works of the law (Galatians 2:16), and that because of Christ, in fact, He no longer remembers our sin (Hebrews 8:12).
I started to apprehend that I was a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and that
” . . . as He is, so also are we in this world” (1 John 4:17, NASB). I began to understand that Christ was my new identity.

The truths that God was revealing to me affected more than just my beliefs. They impacted many areas of my life in significant ways. Once I understood how very much He loved me, and that I had right standing with Him because of Jesus, I started hearing God’s voice more clearly and consistently than I had in the past. I began to to view others in a new light – as people dearly loved by Him, and worth much in His eyes. I experienced a new passion for praise and worship, born out of the the change in my life which had started during a worship song.  I fell more in love with my wonderful Savior, who had captured my heart with His grace, and I came to possess a burning desire to share with others the wonderful news that had so impacted my own life. It was this desire that prompted me to start Called and Created. These are the effects the gospel had in my life.

The gospel is not the bad news that God is put out with us because of our wrong doing. It is the GOOD news that Christ took all of our sin upon Himself, that we might receive His place of righteousness before God. It is the truth of the undeserved, unmerited favor that our Heavenly Father has shown us in abundance. It is the power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16). God wants you to experience this saving power in your own life. Invite Him to give you a fresh revelation of His love and grace – demonstrated through His Son’s work at the cross – today!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”