Romans 12:5 (NLT)
So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
You will live your life for something. What you live it for is completely up to you. You can have all the stripping of worldly success, but the only thing that is going to matter is how you served God and the people around you. We aren’t called to do everything, but we are required to do something. Just as every single part of the body must perform its duty, we too must perform our duty in the world.
As we serve, we discover our life’s eternal purpose and significance. The inner heart is freed to serve when it finds that all material possessions don’t compare to the joy of finding our place in the world and filling a void no one else can fill. Service is for everybody and it is through serving that we find the true meaning of our lives.
God created us to use us to make a difference in the world. God could do all the work himself. He could divinely heal all the sick, feed all the hungry, house all the homeless. He could do all of this, but our lives would mean very little if God pulled out his super powers to make it all happen. Instead, he infuses us with power to give and to love and to serve. He wants our lives to bear eternal significance.
Wherever you are is the best place to serve now. Whatever you do tomorrow, there will be in it an opportunity to give of your time, talent, money, and resources. There is no excuse for not serving. Misfits run the gamut in the Bible but God used every single one of them for his glory and for his goodness to be reflected in the world. It’s not how long you live, but how you live that really matters.
“The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.”
— Rick Warren