We serve a communicating God. Just think, He sent His Son, Jesus, to reveal himself to us. He inspired writers to record his revelation in the bible. The Holy Spirit speaks to us in our inner being and God uses gifted friends and trusted leaders to speak into our lives. The bottom line is that God is speaking. We want to hear his voice and respond with obedience.
One of the most vital ways God transforms our lives is through His Word, the Bible. Nothing can touch the depth of our heart and bring about transformation more than the living word of God. Unknown truth, however, cannot bless our lives. We must choose to expose our hearts and souls to God’s word today regularly!
Many have grown up with painful memories of their parents. They have ben wounded by the people that should have loved them the most. God has chosen to reveal His loving relationship with us in terms of being a Father to His children. For us to gain the maximum benefit of being “fathered” by God, we need to allow Him to heal and redefine what Father means.
One of the most significant roles we can play in the life of another human being is to help them know God better. Friends help friends know Jesus. To be used of God to deepen the faith of others means we need to be comfortable with the message of the gospel, familiar with God’s truth in the Bible, and love others enough to step out of our comfort zone and take a risk.
One of the most frequent descriptions the Apostle Paul uses for himself is a servant. He writes, “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1). The idea of being a servant can conjure images of degrading slavery or humiliation. Yet there is no more noble or honoring identity than to be a servant of the living God.
God wants to use us as His personal representatives in the circle of influence in which He has placed us. The Apostle Paul writes, “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20). How does He want to use you as an agent of His grace in the lives of those around you?
What would you do if you were asked, “Are you a Christian?” at the risk of your life? Today, people around the world will face a crisis moment of declaring their loyalty to Jesus at the risk of persecution or even death. To be effective disciples of Jesus we need to be willing to die for Him. Anything less means compromise is just a matter of time.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:4-7).
As Stewards of God’s grace our primary responsibility is to faithfully fulfill the Master’s will. He has “graced” us with skills, talents, and abilities. Everything we have has been given to us. God owns it all. Our life calling is to use the unique gifts our Master has entrusted to us to accomplish His plan for His glory.