We Serve to Save
This was on a fire dept. marquee sign I saw in passing the other day. I found it ironc that I was on my way to see the new Superman movie when I saw this. Within the Man of Steel film was an interesting tidbit on the signature S worn on Superman's chest; before he was even called Superman, the S on his chest symbolized hope to his native planet Krypton.
Those of us who serve faithfully in our churches may sometimes feel like Superman, which is either a good thing or a bad thing. We may at times feel overwhelmed and blurt out when asked to do more, "I'm not Superman!" Or we may feel as strong as Superman and feel like we can take on any task that is brought before us.
Psalms 100 tells us to serve the Lord with gladness and come before His presence in singing. That is hard to do at times when we take on more than we can handle, but if we can balance out our serving with remembering to praise our Father, the serving part becomes more joyful.
Jesus doesn't call us to be like Superman and carry the burden of saving everyone.
"God is not saving the world; it is done. Our business is to get men and women to realize it."
I love this quote because it brings to us this truth:
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:16,17)
Whether we feel like Superman or not, our job in serving others is to just give them hope; a hope that can only come through Jesus Christ. A hope that is eternal compared to the false temporary hope that the world provides.
If we can try not to be like Superman and just be humble servants delivering a message of hope to those in need, we will succeed in all that we do.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)