WHY DO YOU SERVE GOD?
People have many different motives for serving God. Some serve Him for what they can get out of Him, some because they think they owe Him something, and some because they are too scared not to – heaven forbid!
The Apostle Paul gives us an altogether different reason for being Christians. He calls for a response from us because of God’s mercy. Just imagine what life would be like if God had not intervened and done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. If He had left us to our own devices, we would have destroyed ourselves long ago.
God’s mercy is not about feeling sorry for us. God’s mercy is about who He is. The Bible speaks of God’s glory as weighty – that which is heaviest in Him. What is God’s glory? It’s His mercy.
“Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’ And the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass by in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.’” Exodus 33:18, 19.
Paul takes up this thought in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Because of God’s mercy, He rescued us from the clutches of the devil and the sin that destroys us; He set us free to love and live new lives through the Holy Spirit in us. The amazing thing is that we are free to be who we could not be before, not because we have to, but because we may. Think about that!
Because of God’s mercy we are free to forgive those who hurt us. If we don’t, we remain prisoners of bitterness and hatred. We are free to be generous because, if we don’t, we will be destroyed by selfishness and greed.
We are even free to be grateful when things go wrong on our lives because we know that God is at work in us because of His mercy to teach us to trust Him and to free us from all our baggage.
Christians who are mean, stingy and unforgiving have never really appreciated what God’s mercy has done for them.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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