A life that is outside of Christ, before we are born again, involves spending our lives seeking after that which is gratifying to ourselves and to nobody else. In this life, we live only for ourselves and what satisfies our own desires. However, when we are born again, we find that life is in Christ and Him alone. This new life is a gift to us, which is impossible for us to attain by ourselves, but we have been redeemed by the LORD Jesus. Therefore, we cannot continue living life in the same manner we did before we were born again because our lives are no longer our own, but we belong to Jesus. This Christian life is fundamentally different to the life we used to live in darkness. In this life, GOD has preordained good works for us to do for His Kingdom (Ephesians 2:10). There is no such thing as Christianity without output because the Kingdom of GOD does not involve idleness. We Are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, so if there are no works in the workmanship, we are not functioning as we should.
We have been called to liberty, not to use this liberty as an opportunity to please the flesh, but our liberty is an opportunity to serve, and that service is love (Galatians 5:13). We no longer serve ourselves, but we please the Father by serving others. If we are not servants in the way we live our lives, the authenticity of our salvation becomes questionable. There is no single person who has not been given a gift by which to serve (1 Peter 4:10). This work of service is not exclusive to a select few, but we have all been called to serve. We are good stewards of God’s manifold grace when we are serving others in the Kingdom of GOD. The LORD Jesus Christ is our prime model of servanthood and it is His heart of servanthood that we ought to model (Philippians 2:5). We can only truly serve from the heart because servanthood is more an internal process than it is outward works. We know true servants by what they are willing to give up for the sake of those they serve (Philippians 2:6-8), because servanthood has nothing to do with the servant but everything to do with the service. A true servant seeks for the prosperity of those they serve, even in the act of receiving (Philippians 4:15-17).
When the prodigal son came to himself after losing all that he had, he resolved to return to his father, but this time as one of his father’s hired servants. He went back to serve. The result of his return was promotion in blessings from his father (Luke 15:17-23). Similarly, we are heirs of GOD, and joint heirs with Christ, and if we are to receive this promised inheritance we should serve at the pleasure of our Master, being bondservants under the guardianship and stewardship which the Father places us, because it is the Father who promotes (Galatians 4:1-2). One whose life belongs to the Father is seen by the service they offer to the Father. We, therefore, cannot exclude ourselves from the work of service, because If we exclude ourselves from service, we exclude ourselves from the inheritance. This work of service however cannot happen minus the One who gives us the ability to serve, so we have both the responsibility to seek GOD and to serve in His Kingdom. In Him, we can be fruitful, yielding a great harvest in His Kingdom.
If we exclude ourselves from service, we exclude ourselves from the inheritance.