Eternal Perspective that Leads to Abundant Service (1 of 3) by Johnny Hunt

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Eternal Perspective that Leads to Abundant Service (1 of 3)
Johnny Hunt
Ephesians 2:10

INTRODUCTION: Gloria Gaither wrote a Hymn in 1969:

''I will serve Thee because I love thee,
You have given life to me
I was nothing before You found me
You have given life to me
Heartaches, broken pieces
Ruined lives are why You died on Calvary
Your tomb was what I longed for
You have given life to me''

What an appropriate text to follow one of the great passages on God's undeserved favor on those who have experienced His great salvation
(Ephesians 2:8).

Before we can do any good work for the Lord He has to do His good work in us. Realizing that salvation is all by God's grace, it is therefore not as a result of works. Human effort has nothing to do with it. Therefore, no one can boast, as if he had any part. All boasting is eliminated in salvation, except for boasting in the cross.

Galatians 6:14 - ''But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.''
However, good works have an important place, as Paul is quick to affirm.

Although they have no part in gaining salvation, good works have a great deal to do with living out salvation. No good works can produce salvation, but many good works are produced by salvation.

What a difference, what joy, comes to the heart of an individual when they begin to realize and understand that Jesus equips and encourages our service for Him. We were saved to serve (created to serve). We are gifted by God to serve and we are shaped to serve.

In recent days I have taught about God's Generosity and how we too should be a generous people. I desire to be generous with my treasures, but also with my talents (gifts) and my time. This speaks loud about loving loud as I serve others.

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