1 Peter 4:7-11
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

One of the challenges early christians faced and we face today too is knowing when the end really is. Jesus did say that He would come back for us but would not say when because He wanted us to always be on alert and serve Him faithfully. We live in uncertain times with all the strife there is in this world and add to that natural disasters, life can be very short indeed. Our calling as christians is unlike any because we are called to serve and not to be served, to love even if we are not loved, to care even if no one cares for us and above all to give glory to God in everything because it is all His. Sounds like a lot of work with no gratification and no proper end in sight and so would this really appeal to anyone?When we consider the life of Jesus, we see that He lived a life of servitude, of selfless love, of giving more than receiving, of caring for the lost, of joy in spite of persecution and all of this for people who don’t care or bother about Him. He traveled the path less traveled to show the world how much God loved everyone and even though His life did not achieve significance by our human standards, those who receive Him receive the gift of salvation, the forgiveness of their sins and life everlasting with their maker. For us it is a choice and a choice we will make based on faith, not on sight nor by virtue of being born to christian parents. We make a choice based on God’s revelation of Himself to us and we then consider it pure joy to serve Christ with our lives like He came to serve. The reason we don’t consider it work or a chore is because of how we have been transformed from within and because the Holy Spirit resides in us and works in and through us. Are you joyfully serving Christ wholeheartedly or are you grudgingly ‘trying’ to be good?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 13:11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
Comments
  1. Vineet, You wrote, “He [Jesus] traveled the path less traveled to show the world how much God loved everyone.” Is that not also the path we are called to travel and for the same purpose? I really appreciate your walk down that path that encourages and strengthens me to stay on the path, too. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      Thank you for your encouraging comments. Yes, that is the path He calls us to walk on and His life is the model we are to follow. It is a hard life and the fruits are in the life after but it is worth it because our life after with Christ is eternal whereas this life is short-term!
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. I loved this, loved being reminded that we are called to serve and not be served, to love even if not loved, to care when no one cares back. 🙂 And that He makes it all possible and worth it! God bless you!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      Thank you for being a model of what God calls us to be as you encourage me and so many of us who walk our faith lives. Thank you for your comments and I am so encouraged to keep serving God more each day because of such support!
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    What a great question to us all, and the key is wholeheartedly. If we are just trying to be good to avoid punishment, it is lacking in joy. But if we surrender all out of love for the Savior, our service to Him will be in all things, not just obedience. May we all strive to improve our service through stewardship to Him and others.
    God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim,
      Wholehearted service is the right word and even though we often fall short, we find forgiveness in God and grace that is sufficient to keep us going and achieving for His glory. Surrendering our love is such a challenge but you are right that when we do, our service to Him will be in all things. Thank you for that inspirational comment and God bless you as you continue to direct us to Christ.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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