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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”—1 Corinthians 4:1 (NKJV)
Let’s go high level for a few moments here and ask why God has us here on the earth. Ultimately, we know that we’re here to be His ambassadors so that those who are alienated from God can be reconciled to Him and become “saved.” That’s our great goal and purpose—to be the Lord’s instrument of salvation in a world that’s lost and perishing.
We fulfill this mission by sharing the message of the gospel: that God loved every person on earth so much that He sacrificed His own beloved Son to satisfy the penalty for their sin on the cross, and that anyone who truly believes that He has done this for them is immediately and eternally forgiven and inherits eternal life in heaven with Him.
This gospel, which has the power to alter an eternal destiny, is described by the apostle Paul here as one of God’s “mysteries.” When you see the word “mystery” in the Bible, it doesn’t mean something that remains concealed. It refers to something that God has revealed for the purpose of making known. And God has called His followers to reveal the gospel so that all can know it. When we share the gospel, we are stewarding God’s mysteries and we’re fulfilling our mission.
But notice what comes before this. Paul connects our sharing of the gospel with serving. It’s critical to see this because serving and saving—by way of sharing the gospel—really go hand in hand. When the seeds of the gospel are sown within a context of servanthood, they tend to take root and grow.
It’s the example that Jesus gave to us as He came to save the world. But we cannot separate His saving from His serving. He taught people the mysteries of God’s Kingdom and He gave them the words of eternal life. Yet He was also the Servant of all. From the most jaw-dropping miracle to the lowly and humiliating act of washing feet, all were expressions of service.
The connection couldn’t be clearer: if we’re to save, we’re to serve. That should excite us, because a follower of Jesus has a passion for both of these activities. They’re meant to go together, like a clutch and gas pedal—when operating in tandem, forward movement happens.
May we seize on this reality by serving those around us with a full heart, knowing that our service also sets us up to share the message that saves.
DIG: Why are we here?
DISCOVER: What’s the relationship between serving and saving?
DISPLAY: How is your life being used to save? Serve?
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.