Ephesians 2 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Our Christian service is who we are. It’s built in. We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works - he prepared it in advance. How? He wove it into our DNA.
Steven Boal, a Surfer in Ireland obeyed God and started Christian Surfers International. He met and shared Christ with Irish Surfing Champion, John McCarthy. They became friends, saw a need and planted the only indigenous Evangelical church for probably 30 miles in any direction.
Steven and John started just by doing what they loved, then they went a step further and took risky steps of obedience. The end result is a powerful ministry flowing out of who they are.
You’ve likely heard this story of Moses at the burning bush. After a bit of trouble in Egypt Moses had been exiled to the desert. He met his wife and found a new career as a shepherd. Forty years later he seemed glad to be away from Egypt and all of the drama when he encountered God at a bush which was on fire but wouldn’t burn up. God told Moses to go back to Egypt to represent Him and he didn’t think it was such a good idea.
Exodus 4: 1-5
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?” Then the LORD asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the LORD told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.
Then the LORD told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand. “Perform this sign,” the LORD told him. “Then they will believe that the LORD, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.”