There’s a big difference between a cruise ship and a cruiser ship. A cruise ship is what you sign up for when you want to enjoy yourself, relax, and have a vacation, doing no work. A cruiser ship, on the other hand, is what you’re likely to end up on when you sign up to serve your country in the Navy. Your primary purpose is not to enjoy yourself, have others serve you, and take it easy as it is on a cruise ship. On the cruiser you’re there on behalf of your country, serving your country.
Being serious about God is not all about us and having our needs met by Him, though that’s part of it. A maturing relationship with God involves accepting His call to serve with Him and for Him. Realistically, this means it’s not always fun and relaxing. In fact, it can be a real sacrifice. On the other hand, it’s ultimately the most fulfilling and rewarding way to live. We’re living for something beyond ourselves, something bigger than ourselves, the biggest purpose for which we can live – God.
As infinitely great as God is, the remarkable fact is that we can be His hands, His feet, His voice, and His listening ear in this world. We are to, by being His person, bring His presence into our sphere of influence. Life just doesn’t get any more significant than that. It’s living big!
Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:26)