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by Sheriena McEvers
2/17/2014 / Devotionals
I would like to start this blog with two references. Both are from the gospel of Matthew. Both are words spoken by Jesus. The first is found chapter 20 verse 26-28. It says, "Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." The second is found in chapter 5 verse 16. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Good works are meant to put the spotlight on God, not us.
When we have accepted God's gift of salvation it is no longer about us...our lives, concerns, goals, future, etc. We are no longer the center of our attention. Our first concern is serving God by being of use to Him. "Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work." Useful for the Master...The goal of everyone that claims the name of Jesus. How disappointing should we discover that we have been of no use to God.
There are over a dozen references in the New Testament alone that refer to serving God. Here are just of few of the phrases: "how you turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God(1); through love serve one another(2); if anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor(3); so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit(4); not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord(5)."
So how do we serve God? Is it possible to serve without works? James tells that without works faith is dead. There must be some action on our part. I think that we have shied away from good works for fear of the possibility of pride, or that it might be construed as a way of earning salvation. Pride comes from bragging and salvation is a gift; it cannot be earned.
The Bible is clear that good works are to follow a believer. Jesus instructs us to let our light shine by doing good works. Paul tells us in that we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. These good works will testify of God's goodness, kindness and mercy.
There are several references to good works following a believer, such as: "that you may have an abundance for every good work(6); that they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God(7); do not grow weary in doing good(8); establish you in every good word and work(9); that they may be rich in good works(10)."
It is very easy to accept the gift of salvation, go to church on Sunday, but live very selfish lives. There is much to take our attention away from God and focus on the concerns at hand. In Jesus tells us, "Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and That Day come on you unexpectedly." The first is fairly easy to see. However, the phrase 'the cares of this life' is what can become a snare to us. We can be so concerned with the cares of our lives and those of our family that we do not have time to serve God by doing good to others. Let me rephrase that. It is not that we don't have time, rather we do not take time to serve God, by doing good works.
Our lives are to glorify God. Self-centered lives bring honor only to us and are of no use to God. How can we live lives that honor God? Jesus told us in Matthew that our good works will glorify God. Let us not be weary in doing good, but find time each day to do good to someone. says, "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." Let us encourage each other to be of use to God so that "we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear," . If we help, assist, minister, tend to , provide for, wait on, take care of, and be of use to our Lord, I believe we will be a better witness to Him than all the talk that we can talk. I encourage you to be a caregiver for God.
1. 1 Thessalonians 1:9
2. Galatians 5:13
3. John 12:26
4. Romans 7:6
5. Romans 12:11
6. 2 Corinthians 9:8
7. 1 Peter 2:12
8. 2 Thessalonians 3:13
9. 2 Thessalonians 2:17
10. 1 Timothy 6:18
Just began writing about 5-6 year ago. I didn't know what to do with my writings. My older son suggested that I blog. After much thought and prayer, I began blogging summer of 2012. Just an update-I now have two sites. Currently looking to publish a Bible study workbook.
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