Spending Your Life Like God Designed

Thursday, 2016-09-15

Scripture

Bible Reference: Ephesians 2:8-10

Bible Text:  8 Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God.9 Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. 10 It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.

Bible Translation: The Living Bible (TLB)

My Take

Ever reflected on your day and feel like it was a wash, or that you don’t feel like you accomplished enough to say that it was successful or meaningful? I believe we can see from this scripture today how we could mark success, instead of just looking at your task list for the day and not being able to check off anything on the list. Paul dealt with this issue with the Ephesian church, and he told them that for those who have ‘New Life’ in Jesus Christ, God designed it so that we would spend our lives helping others. So wouldn’t that be a neat thing to reflect back on each day? Instead of checking off your personal agenda items, that you chat with God and thank Him for allowing you to get directly involved in someone else’s life and help them in some way! Imagine the benefits friend. You would not only have helped them mark off an item on their agenda, that they had no idea of how they were going to accomplish that, but you also had the opportunity to be a witness to them of real, unselfish, godly love, and also to show them that God IS very much alive as He ministered to them through you (His child)! I believe that when God places a scenario in our path like that, He will use that for His ultimate glory. Yes, we may be used as His hands, or His feet on the ground, or His audible voice as we help and/or encourage in some small way, but when that person stands before God and gives thanks for His servant that He sent along to help them, and that caused their eyes to be opened to the love of Christ, then I believe it will be worth it all. We may never see the results this side of heaven, and we should never help someone with that selfish motive in mind, we are merely called on to be obedient servants of God, doing all we can with what He taught us through His awesome example. If we simply do that, and someone’s eyes are opened to the gospel and love of Jesus Christ, then praise God for using even us! So try looking back on you day and see how God miraculously placed someone in your path to help. Give God praise and glory for the opportunity and pray for the individual(s) you helped, that they saw a glimpse of Jesus and surrendered to His call on their life.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, may I be willingly obedient to all that You have designed for me to do today. Please touch the life of each reader so that they also may be open and obedient to all that you expect of them. May others be touched today with the love of Jesus as they come into contact with each one reading this blog, for I ask these things knowing that all glory will be Yours and for the sake of Your kingdom growth. What an awesome God that we serve! Thank You Jesus! AMEN!

Footnote

If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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