For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians, Chapter 5, verse 13.
Our faith in God gives us a lot of freedom. I know I don’t have to worry about my kids starving because I know that God will provide food for my family since He says so in the Bible. Realizing things like this has freed up my life so much that it’s difficult to explain.
Recognizing this, we have some choices. We could say, “Well, I know that God won’t let us starve, so I could take the money I used to set aside from the budget for food and go out drinking with my friends who have been asking me for some time. In the past, I had told them no because I couldn’t afford it. Now, I can go out and party with them because God will make sure the kids don’t go hungry.” I’m not sure that God would be pleased with this decision.
It’s a choice that God gives us. Instead, I could say, “Since I don’t have to spend so much time worrying about my family having enough to eat the way I used to, I can spend my extra time helping the elderly neighbor across the street by cleaning her house or watering her plants.”
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect Man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 7-13.
This makes me think about a watch with its back taken off. There are all kinds of mechanisms and gears in a watch. Each gear and mechanism looks a little different from each other and does something a little different, but all the gears and mechanisms of the watch work together with one ultimate goal.
I think Christians are like the gears and mechanisms of the watch. We all have different gifts and abilities, but should all have the one unifying and ultimate goal of being the examples God wants us to be. We might all do this in different ways. Some might go door to door sharing their love for Jesus, while someone else does this by asking a friend to go to church with them. Some accomplish this by giving their money, their time or their talents to do God’s work. Still others do God’s work through being a good example of how Christ works in their life.
Hopefully all, regardless of their gifts, take the time to pray for those who don’t know Christ in their lives, since they all have the same ultimate and unifying goal. Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.
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know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other Words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his Word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. Acts, Chapter 2, verses 36-43. Israel
Jesus didn’t want the apostles or us to sit back on our laurels after He ascended into heaven. He wants us to take an active stand in sharing so that others have Salvation through Jesus, as well. I’m ashamed to say that I tend to work on this when the situation feels safe and comfortable.
This isn’t the Army where the drill sergeant comes up to the new recruits in line saying, “Johnson, Scott and Harris, you have just volunteered for K.P. Duty.” God gives us a choice. After Jesus gave His Life for me, I want to be a much better example than I have been in the past.
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