4. To be identified with Christ, We need to have hands through which Christ helps.
When I begin to love others the way Jesus loves me, I will begin to understand unconditional love. This unconditional love will change me. Not only will I be able to tolerate people I once couldn't, I will find myself being good to them.
We are not saved by our good works; we are saved to do good works.
Matthew 5:16 is one of my favorite verses. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
When helping and serving others, we should have the right attitude and motive. Ask God what you should do. Love is the key to doing good and serving. We make many choices each day from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night. Some things we choose doesn't matter. ( I gave the example of me in the paper towel aisle at the store. I stand there for several minutes looking for just the right print! The print really is not all that important.)
I want to encourage you to purpose in your heart and make up your mind to choose daily to be identified with Christ, to be more like Him.
Choose to be your best for Christ.
Godliness over worldliness- Faith over unbelief- Hope over hopelessness- Giving over greediness- Praise over complaining- Courage over fear- Freedom over condemnation- Obedience over rebellion- Forgiveness over unforgiving- Prayer over worry- Love over hate- Joy over unhappiness- Gentleness over harshness- Kind and pleasant words over discouraging words.
Choose truth over untruths- Choose God's will over your will- Choose to make a difference in others
JOY = JESUS, OTHERS, YOU!
Choose to tell others.
Our works should come from a heart of love for Christ and a desire to obey Him. Galatians 6:10- As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
One word of caution: Let us not be so busy that we leave our first love. We must not be so busy that we neglect our personal relationship with God and our responsibilities to care for our husband and children. We need wisdom from God to know how to balance our service.
My mother is a fine example of serving others as well as always balancing that service. She never neglected my daddy or me. She served others on a regular basis by sending cards to the sick and bereaved, and by blessing them with a meal or dessert.
Have you ever said or heard someone say..."I meant to." "I thought about it." I can think about cooking meals for my family, but if I don't put action behind it, my family will go hungry.
THE SMALLEST DEED IS GREATER THAN THE LARGEST INTENTION.
Examples of ways to serve: cards, calls, food, kind word, smile, pat on the back, hug,....
You will end up being the one that is blessed by serving. Serving is addicting and contagious!
I pray you have been blessed by reading "Our Identity In Christ"
I desire to be more like HIM!