Bible Ballistics: BBs #383 Sanctified To Serve!!!
We talked last time about being sanctified (Saved and set apart by God through the blood of Jesus and the indwelling Holy Spirit who HE imparts to those He saves.) rather than ‘sanitized’ by any good works of man. Today I’d like to go a step farther and take a brief look at how we who are being sanctified ought to behave and live our lives. We aren’t just saved and sanctified to ‘look good’ to others, but to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and be His hands and feet before the world, reflecting the light and power of Jesus in the dark!
Paul reminds us that we are to yield ourselves servants, “a living sacrifice” unto Jesus, being a servant to Him and not the one waiting to be served. Jesus talked about this mentality of service—even though we live in a culture that demands to be served instead!
“But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field,
Go and sit down to meat?
8 And will not rather say unto him,
Make ready wherewith I may sup,
and gird thyself, and serve me,
till I have eaten and drunken;
and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
9 Doth he thank that servant
because he did the things
that were commanded him?
I trow not. (I think not!)
10 So likewise ye,
when ye shall have done all those things
which are commanded you,
We are unprofitable servants:
we have done that
which was our duty to do.” Luke 17:7-10
Jesus clearly tells us that the ‘servant’ is to serve, and if HE is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we ought to serve Him who is due our service, mostly because He has saved and delivered us from sin, death and Hell. What could He ask of us that would be too much? I owe everything to Him who saved me and called me to follow Him. He truly is my Lord and King! How about you?
When Jesus saves us, He is continually sanctifying us for His service. We who were lost in sin and darkness, He has delivered, saved and transformed us for His glory!
“If a man therefore purge himself from these,
he shall be a vessel unto honour,
and meet for the master’s use,
and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
We are sanctified and made “meet for the master’s use” (fit for God’s service), by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, for apart from Jesus we cannot accomplish anything ‘fit’ for God’s glory!!! Only God can do the work of ‘sanctification’ by the sacrifice of Jesus!
“I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
And to sum it all up, a word from Peter that will help us nail down the purpose of sanctification—not to make us “holier than thou”–but to make us fit for HIS service! We are ever being sanctified and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ by the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit,
and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:
Grace unto you,
and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope
by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ
from the dead,” 1 Peter 1:1-3
imparting His Holy Spirit to dwell within us–
sanctifying us for His service—
unto our good and His glory!
We are to ever:
serve Him faithfully—
by His resurrection power—
reflecting His light into the world’s darkness!
Because of HIM and the “sprinkling of the blood” we can “live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Sanctified to serve! (Gal. 2:20)