Google+ 05/06/14 Are We Too Saved to Serve?

John 1:29-31

 

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,

“Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

He is the one I was talking about when I said,

‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’

I did not recognize him as the Messiah,

But I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

 

John the Baptist knew exactly who the Messiah was.  When Jesus asked to be baptized, at first John refused.  Jesus convinced him that obedience was necessary and the baptism from John was performed.  It was not until after Jesus came up out of the water that the power of this obedience was acknowledged by God.  I have noticed that two things seem to be prevalent when we are discussing the revelation of Jesus saving us through His death, burial and resurrection.  Some people feel too saved to serve!  Some serve in the hope of being saved!  I wonder if either of these sentences represents how we feel.  Are any of us so content with what God has done in our lives that we do nothing?  Do some of us only serve out of fear and hope we will be saved by our deeds?  Today's Scripture points out that we are born to serve and should at all times realize what Jesus did.  We have received abundant grace from Jesus Christ.  John was content with what God had done for him and realized who Jesus was.  Even John the Baptist had to be encouraged by Jesus to be obedient and serve the Master.  In Christ, we have nothing to fear.  Our salvation can never be earned.  We should examine our lives today.  "Are We Too Saved to Serve?"