LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE… part four
As a Christian the best time to serve God is now, the best time to quit is never. A successful Christian is always “on call” and is always listening for God to speak. That may not always be convenient, that may not always be your preference, but it will be the best and most rewarding time of your life. Much of what I have written was not written when I felt like writing it, it was written when God gave it to me. Many times I have discontinued doing what I was doing to write down what I felt in my heart God was telling me to write. To gain the blessing of God is true increase while to lose His favor is to lose even life itself. Early in the morning or in the middle of the day, every minute belongs to Him and if I am to be found faithful I must be sensitive to His leadership. I know that God will always be found faithful and I know that His promises are abundant and sure. There can never be a time in my life when my desires are considered more important than His, and there should never be a time when I expect Him to give more than He has already given. As I seek His strength and wisdom, His promises begin to unfold and I am made to understand the many wonders of His marvelous love. As each part of life’s puzzle is put in its proper place God is creating a masterpiece of love and His abundant will.
It is the true purpose of God to accomplish His will thru His children and for everything to be its best; all of His family must be united for one goal and one purpose, to love and honor Him. To consider yourself as a Christian to have been given a different task or responsibility other than that of honoring God is delusional and will only prove to be unprofitable. The Bible speaks of the body of Christ and maintains that everything must work together for His will to be accomplished (1Corinthians 12:12-26). God’s will is never about individualism or going it alone. The idea or intent of belonging to a family is that of sharing or gaining His strength thru Christian unity and fellowship. This is the true purpose of life; it is why God has placed us here, the obligation and privilege to serve. What could be more magnificent than God placing His trust upon His child? For God to depend upon man shows not only His love but His complete acceptance. God will not place upon His child something he cannot do or something that is not in His perfect will. As we work together our love is allowed to grow and as our love for one another is nurtured, so is our love for the one that has created us and made us one of His own. As a servant of Christ we are called to minister, to be that individual unspotted by the sins of this world.
We somehow have risen to the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be privileged and above other people. That by the grace of God they have been given a pious superiority or are made much better than the norm. But according to Jesus Christ, a pastor or leader is called to be a “pattern” for others—called to be their spiritual leader, but never their superior (Luke 22:27). If are devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be left overwhelmed and broken-hearted because of the inhumanity of man to man. If we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another, from serving Him. Once we realize that Jesus has served us even to the depths of our meagerness, our selfishness, and our sin, nothing we encounter from others will be able to exhaust our determination to serve others for His sake. The opportunity of serving Him will become our true glory as He reveals to us the true purpose and meaning of life. The arrogant heart has no purpose outside of self and as we see God’s complete sacrifice, we are made to visualize what is true and important.
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