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Freedom Study 3: Called Into Service

The Freedom God Desires for Us Day 3 – Called Into Service

How can we be servants of Christ and yet experience freedom? Isn’t that trying to merge two opposing positions, making it impossible? As believers, we have been called into service for the Lord, and while it may seem like “work,” it’s also a high calling—a privileged occupation.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV)

The freedom to serve the Lord comes from having been released from our enslavement to sin at conversion. Satan tries to lure us back to serving self over Christ, but his offers are empty and can never fully satisfy the heart of mankind. Only Christ can fully satisfy, and true freedom is knowing we are safe eternally.

Being called into service happens immediately upon conversion. It’s not some future requirement as we age and mature in our faith; we are set apart the moment we come to Him and accept Him as Savior. It’s not just for the preachers, church leaders and seasoned Christians. It’s our honor to serve Him, for several reasons, but we certainly owe Him a debt, though we could never repay it. Our Savior paid a tremendous price to purchase our salvation. How can we not eagerly serve Him, knowing that truth alone!

The more we plug ourselves into service for the Lord, the less we will feel stressed about all the things we often worry about in life. As we humble ourselves in His work, He will give us the needed help for the task at hand. The work we do for Him fills our souls in a way nothing else can; it fills us with joy and gives us a spiritual purpose. Laboring together with other believers to see a work accomplished is an amazing experience that sparks a fire in us to do more. Serving Him is truly an honor and builds us up as it builds up His kingdom.

If you’re saved, you’re both spiritually free and a servant of Christ. While it may sound contradictory, it works. We are able to serve Him while we experience freedom from sin and the punishment we deserve as sinners. As the old hymn states, “the longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.”*

(*taken from “The Longer I Serve Him,” by Bill and Gloria Gaither)

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