Sunday, October 30, 2016

Serving Others

Are you a good little "Christian."


I know people, I was one of them, that thought that being a good little "Christian" meant Praying to God, going to Church every Sunday, and saying Amen. A good little "Christian" knows the Tenets of the "Christian" Religion. Oh, they know the stories of the Bible. They can tell you where to, and in what order, you can find the Ten Commandments. They can tell you what their Denomination declares is the most Righteous way to Worship God.

OK. So? What have you actually done lately? Huh? No seriously, what have you done for God lately? Go to Church? Worship Him? Sing Songs? Dance? Feel Good? Remember what Jesus answered the Rich Man?
"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich." {Luke 18:18-23}
You see, the Rich Man had it all right, save one thing, he was not serving others. Remember one of the scariest things, I think, in all the Word, that Jesus says is this...
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" {Matthew 7:21-24}
What does he mean by this?
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." {Matthew 25:31-46}
This is why Paul writes to the Philippians...
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." {Philippians 2:3-4}
It is our Job to serve others. It is what being a "Christian" is all about. Remember, being a "Christian" has nothing to do with Religion. Christianity, TRUE Christianity is NOT a Religion. It IS a way of life. It is a one on one relationship with God as your Daddy. Jesus as your Savior? Yes, but also as your Friend. The Holy Spirit to fill you up to sing and dance on Sunday? Now to commune with your Spirit and teach you all things, bringing to your remembrance all the things Jesus teaches us.

Remember the argument between the Saints on who would be the most important in Heaven? Jesus told them this simple Truth,
"But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve." {Luke 22:26}
It has never been, nor will it ever be, about US. God calls you out, He sets up a plan and purpose for your life, then He calls you to accept it. He trains, equips, and prepares you. He does all this for you to serve Him in serving others. Never forget that Child of God. Never forget that. You want to be a good little "Christian?" Make sure you are spending your time, serving others, and not just taking for yourself..

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

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