Zechariah tells us that we are saved to serve. Luke 1:74 We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.  Sometimes, as Christians, we emphasize salvation but don’t speak of what should happen after people come to know Jesus. Zechariah, in his praise to God, explains what our lives should look like as we follow Jesus.
Saved for a Purpose
God wants us to trust Jesus for our salvation, but He also has a purpose for us as we follow Him. Zechariah tells us that God rescues us through the work of the Messiah. We can’t save ourselves, but we must trust Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 3: 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
So we are rescued from our enemy Satan. The word Zechariah uses for serve also has the connotation of worship. We are to worship together with others in a church service but also to worship God daily through the actions of our lives.
The Nature of Our Service
We do not need to fear as we serve God because we can trust His empowerment. God gives His guidance and strength so we don’t have to depend on ourselves. We are to act in holiness, which simply means we are set aside for His service. When we serve in righteousness, it merely means living as God wants us to. Jesus forgives us and transforms us as we follow Him.
Romans 12: 2 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.
The Duration of Our Service
Zechariah tells us we are to serve for as long as we live. Each life is a gift from God. God has given each of us gifts for a reason. We are to help others and point them to Jesus. 1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. It doesn’t matter what age we are; we can do this as young children or elderly adults. God has saved us to serve and worship Him for our entire lives.
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