Lately, I have seen some pretty nasty stuff over "Once-Saved-Always-Saved"/Eternal Security/Perseverance of the Saints. Some people seem to believe that if salvation was not subject to being lost, it somehow makes sin okay, and lives of wanton disobedience to the Lord will follow. They then revile Christians who believe any of the above as simply wanting to revel in wanton sin -- which is usually an inaccurate accusation. Now, I understand and appreciate the sentiment of wanting to be sure that the Lord is served faithfully. In itself, this is a very honorable sentiment. I understand why some may be fearful of any such belief if it takes fear of `eternal barbecue' to motivate them. However, such people often start reviling servants of Jesus Christ on the assumption that this is the only motivation extant. The assumption behind that is that it takes fear of being sent to Hell to keep Christians obedient. Implicitly, it is almost as if the only reason they can imagine to serve the Lord is to keep themselves out of `eternal barbecue.' For me, I hope I never lose a genuine desire to serve the Lord for the purpose of making Him happy. I have decided years ago to follow Jesus Christ as His disciple/follower, and I hope I always please my Master -- besides, as His follower, I believe that His teachings should always be followed. Because of what He did for me, I owe Him my whole life anyway. I am by no means perfect. I will disclaim right away being a `better' Christian than whomever. However, my motivations for serving the Lord are in the above paragraph. I get my ideas for this mainly from such passages as John 8:31b, where Jesus says “If you continue in my word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (NASB). Jesus says that His true disciples will continue in His teachings. Titus 2:14 says that Jesus Christ died “that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works” (ASV). Scripture suggests that we should have a zeal to do what is good -- we should want to. Paul writes at Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s |mercies, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (TNIV|ESV). In light of God's mercy for me, I should gratefully serve the Lord.Now, whether or not you believe some variation of any of the religious tenets at top or not, I still propose that the Bible offers other motivations for Christian service than `Well, it beats eternal barbecue.' What I want to see discussed is this idea of serving the Lord because we actually want to for HIM.