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11/4/15 – Your life as a Believer

Published: Wednesday, 04 November 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.  2 Corinthians 9:13

This verse summarizes a Believer’s life as God intends.  It begins by describing the service that a Believer performs for others proving that Jesus Christ is the Lord of their life.  Obviously, this verse should encourage all Believers to ask God to show them the services that they have performed for others in the name of Christ.  After a person becomes a Christian, God expects total dedication and commitment to Him.  Although this is a one-time decision, it takes a lifetime to make this a purpose in a Believer’s life.  It begins and ends with recognizing that humility is a necessary characteristic of a Christ-follower.

The second thing the verse mentions is that through the service a Believer renders to another results in the praise of God by others.  Think of the tremendous impact of your services as a Believer on others.  A random act of kindness given to another opens the doors of heaven for God to be praised for who He is. 

 

Your service is always accompanied by an act of obedience on your part as a Believer.  You may not want to serve, you may think it is not necessary, you may be waiting on someone else to serve…all of these are excuses are acts of disobedience to God.  However, obedience is the cornerstone for a strong and healthy relationship with God.  Christians need to consider obedience as they live their lives in today’s world.  It is easier to disobey than to obey.  Actually, the world encourages disobedience through a philosophy that emphasizes the self in a person.  We live in a world of entitlement that makes it difficult to serve and to be served.  This should not stand in the way of a Believer’s life purpose to serve others.

Accompanying the services and obedience of the Believer, confession of Jesus Christ as Lord of their life is imperative.  Other people need to know what motivates your sacrifice to serve and your discipline of obedience. 

The gospel is that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, as atonement for all of our sins.  Believers should be highly motivated by the sacrificial and unconditional love that Christ demonstrated by being a willing sacrifice for their sins.  After being killed by crucifixion, God raised Jesus from the dead.  This is the eternal hope that Believers have that defines their purpose in life to serve others. 

When someone realizes the work of Believers is not for personal gain, there is an awakening of the spiritual realm within that person.  They are now open to the leading of the Holy Spirit to the living God who loves them more than anything else in this world.  You are God’s hands, feet, and mouth when it comes to serving others.  Through your sacrifice of worldly treasures, others may come to know that there is Truth that will give them an abundant life in a world gone crazy.  This is how important your service to others is.  There is an eternal implication when you serve others, as you love God with all of your heart, soul, strength, and mind.

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