I'm called by the Lord to preach and teach His Word. This blog is a start to be faithful to His call on my life. It's amazing to preach the Word of the Lord and more fulfilling than I'd ever imagined!
Jeremiah 20:9 (KJV) states, "...But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
Friday, April 8, 2016
Serving in Jesus’ Name: Benefits
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
(Colossians 3:23-24 KJV)
A few weeks ago, I shared a post, Serving in Jesus’ Name: Mission Trip. This week, I will be returning to the topic of serving in Jesus’ name—considering how we can benefit (or be blessed) in serving others in the name of Jesus.
Many opportunities surround us that will allow us to serve others. The jobs may not be all that glamorous, clean, or easy. However, we will discover that we receive far more out of it than we could ever imagine. In many ways we receive far more than we give as we serve others in Jesus’ name. Our lives will be blessed in ways we could never dream possible.
Arizona: God's Beautiful Creation, photo credit: P. Whitlach
Volunteer work, much like tutoring, gives seemingly more to the person doing than to the recipients. We are blessed by God to be a blessing. As we bless others; we find that we are blessed in return.
While not all of us can or should build a house or a ramp to a house (some of us should stay as far away as possible!); we can all do something. Each one of us has been given talents and gifts that we should use to help and bless others. The gifts are unique to each person and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Photo Credit: P. Whitlach
For some of us, our talents may be the gift of listening well to others—such as a person who is hurting emotionally. Some times listening is the most helpful thing that we can do. Other talents may include: providing transportation to a doctor’s appointment, providing a meal, mentoring a child or a youth, working in a domestic violence shelter, or simply being a good friend.
All of this and more is vitally important in a world full of darkness, hurt, trauma, anger, and deception. As Christians we have a positive story to share; sometimes the best way to do it is to simply care and use the fewest words possible.
Photo Credit: P. Whitlach
Take some time to pray and reflect—discovering what God wants you to do in your work for Him. Age does not matter to God; last time I checked a retirement plan was not in the works.
Please join with me in prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gift of meaningful work, particularly work that allows us to help others in a positive and meaningful way. Help us, Lord to see Jesus in those we are serving, as well as in those who are around us each day. Bless the work that we do to help others who need to experience Your love and care with skin on. Thank You for the blessings we receive as we love and care for those You place in our lives. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.