Saved to Serve – Luke 1:73-75
In a continuation of our look at the prophetic word uttered by Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, we come to verses 73-75:
…the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
The Holy Spirit is telling us, through Zechariah, that we have been delivered from the enemies of sin and death to become part of something bigger than just living life. We are saved so that we “might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”
Some might read that and think that being saved means we’re now God’s minions, walking around mindlessly doing all of God’s chores. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The word used for serve is the Greek latreúō, and it does carry the meaning of rendering service, with an emphasis on worship, religious service:
latreúō (from latris, “someone hired to accomplish a technical task because qualified”) – properly, to render technical, acceptable service because specifically qualified (equipped).
But I believe it goes deeper than that. When I read through the descriptions given in book of Revelation of the Millennial Kingdom, the new earth, and the new Jerusalem, a picture emerges of an Eternal Kingdom, ruled by the Eternal God, populated with eternal people. In this kingdom, all of the attributes of society will be present, with the exception that there will be no pain, no sin, no death.
And Christian, you and will be an integral part of that society – placed into our important and rightful roles in the greater kingdom by the God who saved us.
Yes we will serve and worship the Living God, but not out of compulsion as minions. We will declare His glories as a response to the excellencies of the God who saved us, and made a way for us to be part of His great, eternal and glorious kingdom.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
We can save the world, one life at a time…