Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Are You Coasting or Sprinting?

God didn't save you so you could coast toward the finish line of life. If you hear nothing else from this post, please hear that. None of us were saved so we can sit comfortably awaiting our ticket to heaven. Just the opposite is true. We are saved for a purpose that goes beyond relationship with God and the promise of heaven. We were saved for good works, which God prepared for us before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 2:10).

Do you understand what this means? If you have been saved by the grace of God, then you realize that this salvation leads to a transformed disposition toward our lives and actions. God wants us to join Him in the salvation of others. Some of us are given gifts that will build up and equip the next Billy Graham. Some are given gifts that make possible the environment for the next Billy Graham to hear the gospel. In other words, we all, if we are followers of Christ, have been given specific gifts for specific purposes. How do you discover them? Not by doing nothing. You must get off the sidelines and into the game. We must begin to serve.

If God were to evaluate your level of service to the Kingdom of God, like a performance review, would you look forward with anticipation or shrivel with dread? Lets get busy. There's work to be done. Coasting is not in the playbook. We must finish the race marked out for us and we are called to run with the intent to win.

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