Archive for March 2014

YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO SAY YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN!

March 31, 2014

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.” (1 Peter4:1-4, NIV)

Busy

We spend all week in the “world” – playing, working, and just trying to survive. Many of us are so busy we rarely take the time to stop and “smell the roses” – to acknowledge the fact that the Lord is in complete control of all things, both heavenly and worldly. Other than on Sunday we rarely take the time to close our eyes and thank the Lord for the many, many blessings that He has so generously showered upon us. We spend six days and twenty-three hours each week living for ourselves, doing the things that make us happy, yet we rarely take the time to include the Lord in our daily activities. We justify that by saying that we are Christians. We go to church for an hour on Sunday. We follow Christ. Really?

It’s easy to say you are a Christian. You simply open your mouth, engage your brain, and say the words. It’s something completely different for someone to notice that you are a Christian. When you follow Christ, you treat people with respect, you don’t judge them, you control your tongue, you show patience and love to those around you, and you take the time each and every day to acknowledge the presence of the Lord in your life. Your “light” (Christ’s light) shines wherever you go. The most important part of your day is when you wake up and say “good morning” to your Heavenly Father! Then, you invite Him to spend the day with you and you enjoy His company no matter where you go, what you do, or what you say. He is with you always – throughout the entire day, week, month, and year. The two of you become One!

You should never have to say you are a Christian. It should be evident by the way you live your life!

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ.”

 

YOU MAY FEEL LONELY, BUT YOU’RE NEVER ALONE!

March 17, 2014

Jesus said, “My Father is always at His work to this very day” (John 5:17, NIV) and “we must do the works of Him who sent me…while I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5, NIV)

Lonely

Have you ever felt alone? Maybe you’re self-employed, or perhaps you travel every week, or you work the late night shift. Maybe you’re the only Christian in your office and opportunities for sharing common beliefs are scarce. You may feel alone wondering if your work really makes a difference. Will the work you do today really count tomorrow, next week, or next month?

Jesus recognizes these concerns. At one point in His ministry He said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head”. (Matthew 8:20, NIV) Another time, nearly all His followers abandoned Him when His teaching became a little too tough for them to handle (John 6). And finally, at the end of His life, one of Jesus’ friends betrayed Him. Yes, Jesus knows what it’s like to be alone!

In spite of all this, nothing could keep Jesus from doing what really pleased Him – doing the work of His Heavenly Father. He knew that those followers who stayed with Him would eventually experience the “big plan” He had for them. And, even the ultimate betrayal couldn’t prevent the successful completion of His work.

Jesus willingly did His Father’s work because He delighted in, and believed in, advancing His Father’s cause. No matter what type of work you are involved in, you too, have an opportunity to make a difference. Simply share your faith and love for Jesus with those around you! You will never be alone. Christ Jesus will always be by your side!

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

IS OUR GOD YOUR GOD?

March 7, 2014

Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:34-36, NIV)

Follow

If our main priority in life is to get a prestigious job, or to make a lot of money, or to have the most or best of everything, Christ is no longer our God. We may feel like we have it all, but it’s only going to last a short time. I’ve been to a lot of funerals in my life and I’ve never seen a Hearst pulling a U-Haul – I’m sorry, but we just can’t take any of it with us!

I don’t believe that Jesus is asking us to give up our jobs, our homes, or our savings accounts to prove that we are Christ’s true followers. What this verse is saying to me is that our main goal in life should be to follow Christ above all things. Christ should come first – before our jobs, before our possessions, and before any other relationships we may have!  We should be willing to give up all other “gods” in order to build a stronger and more meaningful relationship with our Savior. In other words, if we give up our past lives of sin to follow Him, we will honor Him and our souls will become His!

Re-evaluate your priorities this weekend. Don’t lose your soul today by making poor decisions about tomorrow!

Work for Christ

Have a wonderful day, “Working for Christ”!


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