I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — Galatians 2:20When we accept Christ and devote our lives to him, that includes our physical bodies. From that moment, we commit to carrying ourselves as our Father did. Of course we will never perfectly accomplish this, but it is what we strive for nonetheless. This is one of the key ideas that was discussed in Sunday’s Why We Do? sermon. We serve because it is who we are when we are in Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. — Ephesians 2:8-10The Apostle Paul couldn’t have put it more frankly. The phrase, “…created in Christ Jesus for good works,” makes it abundantly clear what is expected of us and what our purpose is. Service is who we are because it’s who Jesus was and it’s what he died for. If we miss the fact that it is the exact purpose of our creation, our service will be in vain. But, when we serve as believers in Christ, as members of his body and his kingdom, our service finds Jesus well and gives glory to our Father who is in heaven.