There’s a big difference between being forced to do something and being compelled to do something. God is searching for people who are compelled to serve God as a result of Christ’s love for them as expressed in His willingness to die for their sake.

Think of some tasks you have been forced to do in your life.

As a kid you probably felt like everything was forced (i.e. Cleaning your room, washing dishes,  going to school).And as a Adult, it’s not much different, the tasks just look different (i.e. Changing diapers, wiping noses, snacks to the cub scouts or sports team, chaperoning a field trip). And these types of tasks are usually, maybe not forced but at best obligated in a negative way.

But being compelled is different than being forced or obligated in a negative sense.

Being compelled means an obligation that’s led out of love. It’s not just obligation to care for our children, but we’re compelled to care for our children because we love them. Being compelled goes beyond just commitment.

The kingdom needs people who are compelled into action instead of forced into action.

The big question is this:  what compels us into serving God as the church? Paul gave us some insight into why he served in the kingdom. It wasn’t because he wanted or needed praise. It wasn’t because someone was forcing him. Paul became an ambassador for Christ because he felt compelled by Christ’s love to do so.

And love should always be the driving force behind our service.

Whether it’s at the church, in our homes, at our workplace, in our communities…

Paul concluded this section of Scripture by saying that those who Christ died for “should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them” (v. 15).

This is the ultimate reason followers of Jesus should be serving somewhere in His kingdom.

Let’s all agree that we can’t earn God’s grace and love. But once we’ve experienced it, how could we not give the rest of our lives sharing His hope with the hurting and hopeless world around us? And let’s face it love can encourage you to anything when He is the focus and you aren’t!

So, what does Christ’s love mean to you?

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About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

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