When we open our heart to Jesus, and He comes in and He is sealed there, from the background we come from, we may feel now that we might have to go do something for Him. When I was a non-Christian, I was walking around finding ways to try to gain my way into heaven. And that is still a residual of our feeling that we “have” to do something to earn His salvation, His good will, to get into His “good books.” But it is free! When Jesus first appears in our life, we naturally want to believe that our greatest responsibility will be to serve him by our own human efforts! That is why so many of us live in condemnation and fear when we do not feel that we have accomplished that.
A while back I met a friend who was a new Christian, who was struggling in his heart because he was not “doing enough” to serve God, which he thought was fulfilling his Christian responsibilities. He did not know what he had to do to serve God!
When I met with this new Christian he felt guilty and depressed; he did not feel he was fulfilling his greatest responsibility that he believed God had saved him for! This is a guy that felt fearful that he was not fulfilling his obligation as a Christian. But it brought him some peace when we read this scripture:
Acts 17:24,25 “The God who made the world and everything in it – He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.”
This fellow was relieved when he read this. It brought freedom to him! Because in John 17:3, it says WHY we were created:
(Jesus talking to the Father) “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
We want to serve God from our Loving Overflow which we have through our relationship with Him!! Because we have a loving relationship with him, we WANT to serve Him! And that comes from our new life in Him. It does not mean we don’t “do” anything for Him, but all we do now will come out of a love that we have for what HE has done for us!
I will pray that as you read these scriptures and words over, that the Holy Spirit would make them LIFE to you! And that you will have freedom in your walk with Him, understanding and knowing that the Great Gift of God is simply knowing Him, and out of that loving overflow we will desire to serve Him. God bless you all, He loves you so much,