Have you ever wondered why such a loving God blesses us? He blesses us that we might bless others. When God blesses you, He is hoping that your blessing bears good fruit to glorify His name. Ephesians 4:28 says; Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. So any good we do is in response to God’s gift’s, not of self. God gives us all gifts out of His immeasurable love and grace. There is no other reason.
The Apostle Paul made this very clear when he wrote in: Ephesians 2:8-9 which says; “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Faith by which we believe that God forgives us and saves us is a divine gift that flows from His love. It is crucial to understand this my friends, that our heart be anchored in His word. As I said before; any good that we do is in response to God’s gifts of salvation, eternal life, and the Holy-Spirit-never in order to earn or even win salvation. Salvation can not be earned.
How can we accomplish this? Focus on being more like Jesus who poured out His life so that others might be saved. When I say be more like Jesus, I am encouraging you to serve others. Service was and is the foremost characteristic of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are most like Him when we humble ourselves to serve others, even those you don’t want to serve.
I have asked people what it means to be like Jesus and the most common of responses was quite shocking to me. They would reply by saying; people are most like Jesus when they preach as Jesus preached, when they teach like Jesus taught, heals like Jesus healed, or performed miracles like Jesus performed miracles. They were looking at the outward manifestation of a person’s witness and ministry. They were missing the point of God’s great love. We need to look beyond the outer, and look to the motivation of Jesus’ life, thus ministry.
The motivation behind the perfect sacrifice who shed His blood on the cross for you and me is simply service. Jesus preached, taught, healed, and performed miracles to help others for the glory of His Father in heaven. None of this was motivated by self, it was out of love. Jesus did what He did never to call attention to Himself. Isn’t it obvious, He poured out His own life that others might be saved, never thinking of saving Himself.
Paul said it once again in 2 Corinthians 8:9 which says; “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”.
So why did God call us? He called us to serve others as Jesus served others. Not by any means did He call us that we may be praised, glorified, exalted, or placed on a pedestal by others. He saved us that we might serve others, and in so doing bring praise and honor to God’s Holy Name. I encourage you to bless others when given the opportunity, for God is a seer of all things. I say this because God wants us to understand what is truly important; and what is truly important is the motivation behind our service.
Once again, God loves us so that we might love others, and God blessed us that we might bless others. In a nutshell if you will, this is what the Christian life is all about. Have a wonderful day my friends and please continue to pray for me, as I pray for you.
Father God I thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross for all our sins. Lord I pray the words you have given me bring about great encouragement, understanding, and humility when it comes to serving others out of your love. Lord I ask that you continue to give us the strength we desire to fight the good fight. Father I ask that you give Provision to all, thank you God. I pray in the name of your wonderful Son Jesus Christ, Amen!