Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Created for Good Works — Service

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, died in 1917 at age 43. His influence, however, lives on. Nearly a century has past and God is still using his book to speak to hearts; I am one of the many convicted by his words. One reason his message has lasted is because he gave priority to things of eternal value rather than temporal, worldly things.

Sadly, many people choose an existence with no lasting significance. Their goal is temporal; to make as much money as they can, or self-indulgence. Worthwhile living involves giving ourselves unreservedly to God. The biblical phrase is to make Him the Lord of your life so He can use us in any way He sees fit. People who do that make a lasting impact in their sphere of influence, because they have a passion to serve the Lord. They look for ways to express their love and devotion to Him.

As Christ followers, our job description should read, “servant of almighty God.” If you are serious about working for the Lord, He will help you find ways to be useful for the kingdom, with tasks of eternal value. Be sensitive to people in need. Share your faith with those who hurt. Make yourself available to individuals who need help. Tell others what the Lord is doing in your life.

Each of us has been called to serve. Listen to Paul’s instruction to the Galatian Christ followers, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ“ [Galatians 6:2]. Let’s get busy. There is much to be done.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

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