By: Arlene Price
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (New International Version (NIV))
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
If someone told you today that tomorrow they will die so that you might be saved what would you do for them, what would you say to them? Meditate on this and really imagine how you would respond.
Jesus did this very thing for you already; he died on the cross so that you may be saved. Are you waking up each morning and thanking him? Are you asking him each and every day “What can I do today Lord to serve you?” Is going to church your only sense of obligation for such a great sacrifice? Why would you not put God first in your life? Christians are Christians because they put Him first – that is what a Christian must do. Have a grateful heart, pray continuously – not just when there is a need or emergency – praise his name throughout the day for all you have, forgive quickly and often. Serve your church – it is the house of God.
Philippians 2:12-13 (New International Version (NIV))
Do Everything without Grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Everyday adopt the attitude that firmly says “I will do something spiritually meaningful today.” Do you think you have not talent, no skills, nothing to offer? God has given you all you need to give back to him. Do you often ask yourself “How can I help my church?” You should be doing this each and every day; it’s you real “job” on earth once you are a Christian. If you ask your church if they need your help, what will they say? I can tell you it’s a resounding “Yes!” No matter what you think you can do or can’t do you can always do something. Whether it’s one large project or little things every day, you have what God needs and he is asking you to use your gifts. So close your eyes and ask the question: “God, what would you have me do for you today?” then LISTEN…the answer is sometimes instant and other times it will suddenly hit you during a conversation, a car ride, or numerous other activities you could be doing and you will “know” what you can do. Here are things God says you can do for Him and his church:
I can …
…write spiritual poems, essays, articles, stories.
…paint a picture for the enjoyment of the lonely or to raise money for charity.
…make house repairs for those unable to do for themselves.
…put together a gift basket or care package for the needy.
…give my testimony; someone needs to hear it today.
…help my neighbor, my friend, a family member, a co-worker with a problem.
…cook a meal, a desert, a casserole for someone in need.
…hold the hand of dying child or elder and let them know I care.
…read the bible to someone blind.
…invite a friend or neighbor to church.
…take someone outdoors who is unable to walk and let them enjoy beauty of the day.
…sing a song for the Lord. I can praise his name aloud.
…assist with church activities: take photos, make video of church events and sermons, submit items to our website and/or newsletter, help with an event, make phone calls, talk to the community, decorate, draw, play an instrument, join the choir, teach, volunteer my time wherever needed. The list is endless…
I can develop into a real Christian today by praying, studying my bible, asking questions of those who can help me grow.
I can do all things through Christ today.
I can serve…
I will serve…
I am serving the Lord.
EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING
Any of the things above or something you know will help. There are no excuses when it comes to serving the church and serving the Lord. There are no excuses to wait until tomorrow; there are no reasons not to do your part – no other obligation in you your life means more than your service. When you become a Christian you must let Christ live within you and guide you, if you try to do it alone or are only on Sunday Christian, you will get off track and things will start going wrong in your life fast. Let Him show you the way. Believe in yourself because you are a child of Christ and through him you CAN NOT FAIL. Do not live life for your desires or for the world; it’s about HIM and his sacrifice for YOU. Do all these things in His name and you will receive so much joy and you will live in wonderment at your many blessings. You will go to bed satisfied — knowing that today you have served the Lord first.
Galatians 5:24 (New International Version (NIV))
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
How to know what you must do?
Step 1: Pray for guidance
Step 2: Meditate on those things you enjoy or are good at doing. LISTEN for the answer.
Step 3: Go forward and take action asking God to go before you and make your way smooth.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 every day.
Why wait another minute? Get busy with God’s work now. He made the ultimate sacrifice for you by giving his Son to die upon the cross for your sins. There is no sacrifice you could make of your time that could be greater than what has been done for you. As a Christian you put away worldly things and put Christ at the center. His will is now your will, not the other way around. Wake up! Take up the cross and do the work you were called to do.
Galatians 2:20 (New International Version (NIV))
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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