by Rick Warren
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to
do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives
doing. (Ephesians 2:10 NCV)
There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you
can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest
it in something that will last longer than your time on earth.
The worst thing you can do is to live simply for today and to live for
yourself. God did not put you on earth to live for yourself. He created
you to be like Christ.
We know that Christ came to earth to do two things, according to Mark
10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many”(Mark 10:45 NIV).
When we begin to follow Jesus, he empowers us for a life of service.
The more we become like Jesus, the more we will serve others.
Today I want you to take time to meditate on the following verses about
God’s call to service in our lives. Pray over them and ask God to reveal
new ways you can give yourself in service to those around you.
“Give yourselves completely to God – every part of you … you want to be
tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.”(Romans 6:13b
“My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned
me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the good news about
God’s wonderful kindness and love.” (Acts 20:24 NLT)
“Only those who give away their lives for my sake and for the sake of
the good news will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35