God did not call us out of darkness to indulge our selfish desires. We have been freed from the chains of our past through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Christ did not give us this freedom for us to indulge in selfish ambitions and manipulation. We were freed from addictions, loss, depression, anger, and hopelessness for a reason. Freedom comes with a responsibility to serve others and God.
Some recovery groups look at service work as a way to atone for our past. In Christ-centered recovery, service is not about trying to make up for all our past indiscretions. Christ is in the business of forgiveness and setting us free. There are those among us who wouldn’t live long enough to atone for all the things we’ve done if we had to work for our forgiveness. But, Christ forgives us the moment we ask and instead of service work being a selfish act of attempting to atone for our past, it becomes a way in which we glorify Him and serve others.
Christ frees us from the wreckage of our past and then gives us a purpose for our new life. When we serve, it is always out of love for Christ and others. We don’t serve because we are attempting to make things right or because we have expectations of receiving anything back in return. Christ has called us to be servant leaders who are not using our positions to serve our flesh.
Written by Jackell.