Summary: This series focuses on bringing our attention back to what living for Jesus is all about. This second one answers the question; Saved for What? People are always saying yes I am saved. But what are you saved for? Check out the message. You can view it at
Saved for What?
John 12:25-26 MSG
"Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is, destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal.
"If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you'll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment's notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.
Saved for What?
I. Saved to Worship…
This is where personal relationship is developed & brings us into focus to be able to live in a way that is pleasing to the purposes of God.
John 4:23-24 CEV But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. God is Spirit and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.
What time coming was HE talking about? It was when HE would bridge the gap between us & the Father.
The relationship is no longer a distant one thru a priest or something. God desires our full attention in relationship with HIM!
Isaiah 6:1-8 NLT READ!
As we can see, it was in an atmosphere of worship before the presence of God that brought clarity to Isaiah. He recognized a need to repent & focus himself back on his relationship with God to be first & foremost in his life.
Romans 12:1-2 NLT And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Some of us have never been able to quite get a handle on what God’s Will is for our lives because we have not learned this lifestyle of worship.
But this is truly what we were saved for!
II. Saved to Give… Biblical stewardship
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 MSG Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.
We must understand that giving is bigger than just putting something in the offering or giving my tithe.
The areas of responsibility that we accept as faithful stewards, acknowledging God’s ownership, have several areas of responsibility that should be gratefully and faithfully embraced.
It is necessary to distinguish between giving and paying, to maintain clarity. In the Old Testament, the tithe belonged to God, so one pays their tithes. (You have not given until you have gone beyond this.)
As New Testament believers, all our activity, including our giving, must be motivated by faith which works by love. A believer’s heart, transformed by the Word of God, desires to give with generosity, not through compulsion.
Matthew 10:8b NKJV Freely you have received, freely give.
No one can enjoy or enter into Biblical stewardship without first making a commitment.
The challenge that is placed before all believers is to change from simple investment to total commitment.
God does not need those who will invest a little time, a little talent, or a little bit of money into His kingdom.
God wants those who will commit themselves fully in His service. The setting of priorities is a matter of life and death.
Listen to the words of Jesus: Matthew 6: 2 “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”; Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”.
III. Saved to Serve…
John 12:25-26 NLT Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. (What is HE really saying? HE is referring to those who make everything else second to the purpose HE has placed on their life!)