Sanctify To Serve
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb 9:13-14
When Christ took our sins through His baptism and died on the cross, He took care of the sin problem forever. Another sacrifice will never be necessary because of the value of the life of the One Who was sacrificed. This is the most powerful truth the Holy Spirit ever brought home to me. As it is stated in Heb 10:14, we are perfected forever by a single offering and have been sanctified to serve God.
Our motivation to serve comes from knowing our perfect acceptance with God. God wants us to serve not out of duty but out of thanksgiving for what He has done in Jesus Christ.
“Cleanse your conscience” – that is where guilt becomes embedded – from dead works to serve the Living God. A “dead work” is anything that we do to try to help God through works to remove our guilt when we sin. It is simply trying to add to what Christ has fully accomplished through His baptism and death on the cross.
Listed below are several factors to consider before deciding to serve God.
- Obedience And The Spirit’s Power
We often want the power to come before we move out in serving God. We want to see, feel and experience before we step out in faith. That really amounts to walking by sight and not by faith. This hinders us from serving even though we have been sanctified to serve the Lord. There is a three-step progression involved in our service to God. Firstly, we have to trust that what God has called us to do represents His best and highest plan for our spiritual well being. Secondly, in the light of that knowledge and with the promise that what He has called us to do, He will give us the power to do if we obey His will. Thirdly, we must expect Him to keep His end of the bargain and empower us to do that which we are moved into by faith.
- Set Free To Serve
God wants us to know that we are no longer under the power of sin nature since we have been liberated from the authority and dominion of Satan. The only slavery now is our willing slavery to Jesus out of love and gratitude. We serve God out of love and not out of obligation. More than that, we serve out of gratitude for what Jesus has done for us. God has given us a new nature and the indwelling Holy Spirit to empower us to serve His Kingdom. God doesn’t demand that we become His servant but the Apostle Paul alludes that it is the only reasonable thing to do in light of all God has done for us. It is our greatest privilege on earth as sanctified children to serve His Majesty.
- It Is What Inside That Counts
To me, the greatest thing that this true Gospel of God’s Righteousness does is that, it works inside us to clean us up in order to serve God in our lifetime. Our service unto the Lord is not defined by the external appearances, advantages, eloquence or prominence. In fact, God gives us new motivation, new hope and new power for living and serving Him. Service is not based on human effort, strength, power or ability. God is looking for those who are willing to avail themselves so that He could empower them for effective ministry by grace through faith.
Dear friends, the Christian life is a maturing process. We are to keep growing in grace and knowledge of Christ by serving God’s Church and His Righteousness.
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