How May I Be Of Service?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a machine do all of your chores for you? Well now you can…that is if you’re willing to shell out about $150,000 per month. In November of 2011, Honda Motor Co. unveiled their latest creation in robotic technology: they call it ASIMO. This amazing robot is capable of nearly all basic human functions, except complaining. The ASIMO robot is designed with service in mind. Honda produced the robot to “be useful for people and to help enrich people’s daily lives.” ASIMO was created with one purpose in mind, to serve us.
Christians can learn a lot from this little robot. Sometimes we focus so much on what God expects from us in order to be saved that we forget to ask, “What does He expect now that I am saved?” It can be very tempting, once we become Christians, to make our Sunday worship the full extent of our spiritual lives. We might rationalize, “I did what God told me to do, and I go to church every week. That’s really all God expects of me. After all, I’ve got a lot on my plate.”
When we find ourselves developing this mindset we must remember that God’s plan for us doesn’t end at our conversion. Paul writes to us, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10). We understand that the plan of salvation, in Christ, had been predetermined before the world was created (Eph. 1:3-6). However Paul also affirms that the type of lifestyle we would live after we became Christians was also part of God’s predetermined plan. He never intended for people to put their trust in Jesus, and then simply go back to their normal routines; merely adding Sunday worship to their list.
In Christ, we are now expected to be an entirely new creation with a brand new purpose in life. Our sole purpose as Christians is to serve God in every single activity we engage in. Yet, how many of our daily activities are centered on serving the Lord and others? Jesus knew what His focus in life was when we said, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work,” (John 9:4). God has given us plenty of work to do. As Christians that is the whole purpose of our new life. Let us strive to see our lives in the same light our Savior saw His. Let us remind ourselves that we have a new role, that we have been specially created to serve.