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If you have been successful in serving (I mean really serving) Lord and if you have been successful in seeking (I mean really seeking) God then next subject is really a foregone conclusion: "Also I heard voice of Lord, saying: 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me.'" (Isaiah 6:8)
If we truly love God and serve Him and seek Him, we not only want to be able to spread good news, we look for ways and opportunities to spread good news. How can one be a Christian and not ever tell others about what He has done for them? In reality, they can't! If they are not telling others what Christ has done for them and meant to them, then they should really begin to question validity of their conversion.
How can we do this? Share Christ with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Help give them strength to carry on and "fight good fight." Share this and other literature with them, and help them to see need in their lives to be more faithful. Host Bible study groups or discussion groups in your home. Share your love for Christ with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are not Christian. Always be aware of opportunities to speak out and support Christian values when you can. Our values are being attacked daily in almost every area of society. It is not difficult to find opportunities to do this. And finally, visit sick and shut-ins to give them a ray of hope and love from a fellow Christian. We who are able-bodied have no way of knowing how much our time, love, and compassion means to these fine people. Let's help them in their final days on earth to know that Christians love them.
I started this print ministry (Be Ye Doers Of The Word) because I see a need for Christians to develop an effective Bible study at home. I hope that these monographs spark a little interest in what God's Word has to say to us that are living today. The truths found in Bible are just as relevant to our Christian walk as they were to people living in first century. Can you start your own personal ministry? Of course you can. It doesn't have to be a print ministry such as this. It can really be anything: visiting sick, teaching Sunday School, working with youth groups, singing in choir, etc. Each person striving to serve Christ should (maybe MUST) have a personal ministry and try to reach lost for Christ.
And just as important as preceding three Scriptures is this: ". . . not My will, but Yours, be done." (Luke 22:42b) Jesus told this to His and our Heavenly Father just before He was crucified when He was praying in garden. This is kind of attitude that we must have as Christians. We all have deep concerns in our lives, things that really trouble us. We often pray to God and ask for Him to help us in a particular way. But what we really should be seeking is His will in our lives, not our will in His life.
This is difficult for us to accept. Often we are not sure what God's will is for us. For example, we may really want a different job and may be trying to get it by whatever means is available to us. We pray and ask God to help us secure new job -- but that we want His will to be done. Then, how much should we try to get this new job? If we don't try hard enough to get job, and don't, is it because God did not want us to have job, or because we didn't try hard enough to get it? We can only do one thing! Try as hard as we can to get job we want, do what is acceptable to secure it. Then if we actually get job, we can rest assured that it was God's will, and if we don't, we will know that it was God's will as well.
In many instances we can determine what God's will is for us. We can do this by studying Scriptures and being aware of what they have to say about particular subjects. We know that lying, stealing, murder, adultery, etc. is against God's will. So if we are considering any of these, we don't need to wonder what His will is, Bible tells us. There are many other less drastic examples, being faithful to worship services, meeting around Lord's Table, giving of our tithes, helping a brother or sister in need, and so forth. These are all spelled out in Bible. Studying Bible helps us to know these things.
Choose this day whom you will serve! Seek first kingdom of God and His righteousness! Here am I, send me! Not my will, but Yours be done! This is truly a road-map to good Christian living. May God bless you as you continue journey to Heaven.
All scriptures quoted are from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.
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