"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 your life in something that will outlast it.
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, according to Mark 10:45, Christ came to Earth to do two things: "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" (NIV).
As we seek to grow and become more like Christ, we need to learn how to live a life of service. This will help us create a lasting spiritual legacy.
Talk About It
- 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 LB)
- "My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus — the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God." (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 LB)
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.