Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
My thoughts are mostly concerned with making a difference in the lives of others.
I think we should be involved in our country politically. I think we should be involved financially in the lives of others. I think we should be involved in the lives of others Spiritually.
In Nehemiah 4:10-23 we see common people on guard duty, half with spears and half working on the wall. In v 17 the half that worked, worked with one hand and held a weapon in the other. Read Isaiah 41:1-10 and notice v6, “They helped everyone his neighbor; and everyone said to his brother, Be of good courage.” Verse 7, “So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering; and he fastened it with nails that it should not be moved.”
Sadly I must confess, that one of the great loses of the American dream is the connectivity of the people. We have become so individual and so self-centered that we rarely find time to involve ourselves in the lives of others. I was raised on a farm in South Georgia, close to Valdosta where I was born. It was a very common thing for all the farmers to help each other in time of need…not just labor, but equipment as well and without pay.
See Romans 12:3-8, and notice v5 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another.” This is spoken in the context of Christianity, I know. Then Romans 14:7 States, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”
See 1 Cor. 12:12-27 where we see the body of Christ is connected and we cannot say, “I have no need of thee.” V.21 We do need each other and we add to each others life in ways designed by God himself. V.22 calls it “necessary.” A Christian can be gun barrel straight in doctrine and miss the mark of being Christ-like a million miles. We can be a walking encyclopedia of Biblical truth and be a miserable failure in fulfilling God’s plan for our lives in ministering to others. “People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care.” See 1 John3:16-19 and 1 Cor. 12:27-31
Now a few simple thoughts:
- We have a story to tell. Mark 5:19
- We have a life to live. 2 Cor. 2:15-16 ; 2 Cor. 5:15
- We have a work to do. Lu. 19:13, Luke 10:30-37
- We have an enemy to defeat. James 4:7
- We have a Saviour to please. Heb. 13:16
We who are Born Again should pray, “Lord, help me to be a helper making a difference in others lives.” We can help the lost, lonely, discouraged, hurting and confused. God help us to be helpers to others.
“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” - Ben Sweetland