Monday 18 October 2010

Day 29 of the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

1. You were put on earth to make a contribution.

2. God designed you to make a difference with your life.

3. You were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it.

4. You were created to serve God.

5. You were placed on this planet for a special assignment.

6. You were saved to serve God.

7. God redeemed you so you could do his "holy work."

8. You're not saved by service, but you are saved for service.

9. It cost Jesus his own life to purchase your salvation.

10. We don't serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of Joy, and deep gratitude for what he's done for us.

11. If I have no love for others, no desire to serve others, and I'm only concerned about my needs, I should question whether Christ is really in my life.

12. A saved heart is one that wants to serve.

13. Another term for serving God that's misunderstood by most people is the word ministry.

14. When most people hear "ministry," they think of pastors, priests, and professional clergy, but God says every member of his family is a minister.

15. In the Bible, the words servant and minister are synonyms, as are service and ministry.

16. If you are a Christian, you are a minister, and when you're serving, you're ministering.

17. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven.

18. God intends to use you for his goals.

19. God has a ministry for you in his church and a mission for you in the world.

20. You are called to serve God.

21. The Bible says every Christian is called to service.

22. Your call to salvation included your call to service.

23. Anytime you use your God- given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling.

24. One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling to serve other believers in practical ways.

25. Every ministry matters because we are all dependent on each other to function.

26. Today thousands of local churches are dying because of Christians who are unwilling to serve. They sit on the sidelines as spectators, and the Body suffers.

27. You are commanded to serve God.

28. For Christians, service is not optional, something to be tackled onto our schedules if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life.

29. Impression without expression causes depression.

30. Study without service leads to spiritual stagnaion.

31. The old comparison between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea is still true.

32. Galilee is a lake full of life because it takes in water but also gives it out.

33. In contrast, nothing lives in the Dead Sea because, with no outflow, the lake has stagnated.

34. Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination.

35. As we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service.

36. One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others.

37. The Bible warns unbelievers, "He will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves," but for Christians it will mean a loss of eternal rewards.

38. We are only fully alive when we're helping others.

39. Jesus said, "If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it.

40. God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly.

41. God wants to use you to make a difference in his world.

42. He wants to work through you.

43. What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it.

44. Not how long you lived, but how you lived.

45. That is quite a variety of misfits, but God used each of them in his service.

46. He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.

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