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Devotional - week of March 10, 2002


SAVED FOR GREATNESS

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10

This passage does not say specifically that believers are saved for greatness, but when interpreted by other passages, it does. Give attention to the words “prepared for good works.” Now read the following words of Jesus:

“You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Mark 11:42b-45.

God sees greatness when He sees one engaged in Christian service to others. With that in mind think of the words of Ephesians 2:10 that believers are “… created unto good works …”

When you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you received a spirit of service to others. At that very moment you were equipped to do service for others. 

You were equipped for greatness.

When we were created in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit took up residence in our lives. “The fruit of the Spirit is love …” The fruit of the Spirit is a servant spirit in the hearts of believers.

According to Jesus, the more the service, the more the greatness. According to Scripture, the more the filling of the Spirit, the more the service. So we can say, “The more the filling of the Spirit, the more the greatness.”

We were made for greatness. So, we were made to live out our lives as Spirit-filled believers.

We live out our lives as Spirit-filled believers as we live out the new creation life of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.