Yesterday we talked about the little time we have in our life depending upon our age of course. So it is more important than ever to make an impact with the time that we have. For followers of Jesus, it is an integral part of what Jesus actually did.
The apostle Paul in his writings made it absolutely clear the role that we have to play in society especially in our local community.
As I said yesterday in a real sense you will be the one to write your own epitaph as you live your life.
- Which roads will you take?
- Will they lead to victory or defeat?
- Will your life make a difference?
1 Corinthians 10:31 should have a bearing on our lives:
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
In other words, Paul was saying that you were made to serve in and for and through Christ; how should you do that?
The apostle Peter had very much the same in mind when he wrote:
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:10-11
Did you notice the many ways Peter tells us we can serve? Read the verse again and look at those ways. Speaking kind words can be a text, a card sent, a phone call. We all have the capability of doing that. Who in your community would benefit from one of those methods in this very difficult time of lockdown?
Of course, there are many different ways and generally, we serve with the passion that God has put inside us. Many of us have been on the Network Course to discover the gifts that God has given so that we can use them in the community in which we serve. Take a look at this statement by Rick Warren.
When I know how God has made me, I will know a lot about what He intends for me to do.Rick Warren
Make no mistake. God has something for you to do. On that, I’m absolutely sure. What that is of course I’m not sure except for my own personal life. When I worked as a civil servant our department had a mission statement which was simply to exceed the customer’s expectations. I would dearly love to think that that’s how God looks down on me and thinks yes Edward, you have exceeded my expectations.
What would your mission statement be in life? As we leave today let’s take a few moments and ask God to show us the talents that he has invested in us, and then ask how best we can use them for His service. For when we do come to the end of our life and we do stand before God wouldn’t it be great to hear those often-quoted words well done good and faithful servant?
Stay safe and blessed