SAVED TO BE USED

If anyone purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work.” 2Tim 2:21(RSV)

We are not only saved to make heaven but also to serve. Part of God’s purpose for our salvation is to be made ready and available to be used for the kingdom assignment “we being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear” in any areas of our calling(Luke 1:74)

No one is exempt from the call to serve. Everyone of us have a God given potentials and endowed much more to serve than God requires from us. We only need to be willing and obedient to His calling over our lives. When we willingly yield to Him and give of ourselves, only then are we available to Him to be used. This is because God will not force or oblige anyone to do something that is against that person’s will(2Cor 9:7)

Whereas some are called into the fivefold ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, others are called into the service ministry areas of Ushering, Interceding, Choir, Music departments etc. Some others still are called to be of a support group to sponsor the work of the ministry and care for the minister’s welfare(2Kings 4:9-10; Eph 4:11)

As Apostle Paul said: “For me, to live is Christ..” Phil 1:21. That same declaration applies to every born again Christian today. If we were saved just to make heaven, then God would have taken every saved soul straight to heaven. But He rather allows us to stay on because part of our Christian walk is to use our God given talent to serve His purpose on earth rather than go to heaven immediately. For this reason, at any point in time that anyone feels not useful to serve anymore, then that would be same thing as putting in a request to go to heaven!

Everyone He calls, He also empowers by His Spirit and gives enough grace to accomplish the work without stress. Christ has given us the assurance that we will do much more than He did, and be successful in our work for the kingdom if we believe because our help is in Him. That is the gift we have receivedsaved by grace through faith, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Having been delivered from the image of the man of dust(the Adamic sinful nature), we have been given a new image which is that of a heavenly Man(Christ). So now, our victory, whatever heights we attain in life, our excellence, and accomplishments are all from God and to the advancement of His kingdom and glory(John 14:12; Eph 2:9,10)
Amen!
Ike