Salvation is a wonderful thing; we are bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ, from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. It’s a heart transplant, a revelation of who Jesus is. It is deceptive to think conversion is the end of the Christian experience. In actuality, it’s merely the beginning.
Laying down our lives and serving in the kingdom of God is the only acceptable service to the One who laid His life for us. True salvation is marked by this divine compulsion, not because of forceful duty but due to the overflow of God’s love for us.
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV)
Something in us should cry, Where can we serve? I was changed and I want to do something!
Godly connections are critical. Christian interdependence is against the world’s standard of independence.The Christian experience is not only made out of your “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” but it is also a corporate experience. We cannot survive alone: the world is already against us, who do we have to but ourselves to build each other up and encourage each other? We must learn to abide in the vine; through bible reading, prayer and fellowship.
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)
We are not only saved to serve, but also saved with a purpose and mission in hand:
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:15-18 (NIV)
It is the good news that saved us and changed us, and we want others to experience the same. The gratitude and the love we have for our savior will propel us to take this to everywhere and to tell everyone we meet because he who was forgiven much also loves much.
The finest motivation for every believer is love.