Last week’s messages posed a challenge for us Believers. What then should we do after the World Missions Conference? Do we just write down the sermon on our notebooks and let it stay there without applying it to our lives?
Today, we are reminded that our responsibility does not end here,it is in fact, only the beginning. Pastor Jerusalem Medel of Gospel Light Baptist Church preached about how we, as Christians should be the light of this world. We, should not be contented on being mere spectators only and letting others serve, because each and every one of us is called to serve.
The verse today is from Isaiah 6:1-8. Verse 8 has been my life verse , and yet I know in my heart that I have not been following what my life verse has been saying.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The last phrase is what struck me, that is why chose this verse to be my life verse because I want myself to be willing and ready for God’s use. Today, I am reminded that giving yourself for God’s service is a joyful and blessed task every believer must follow. Keep in mind that the goal of Christian life is to serve God with first rate or excellent service. He deserves only the best.
I. God calls us to serve Him
v 8 Here am I; send me.
I admit, I myself sometimes am a passive Christian, going to church and leaving without a goal. This should not be the case. Thankfully, the Lord Himself rescued me from that hole and allowed me to have a deeper relationship with Him.
In the book of Isaiah, we find that after the King Uzziah died, the prophet Isaiah was uncertain of what will happen to Him, but he freely gave Himself for the Master’s use. God uses human beings to accomplish His tasks. Just like the prophet, you and I can be used by God if we are willing to let Him.
II. Saved people are to do good works
We are not saved because we do good works, we do good works because we are saved.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Verses 8 and 9 speaks about salvation, that it is only by the grace of God through our faith are we able to have eternal life. Thus, dear friend, if you are reading this and thinking that good works will save you, let me help you by telling you that only Jesus Christ can.
Verse 10 speaks to the saved people, the Christians that we are His workmanship, handcrafted by God for a special specific purpose and prepared in advance for the service. Every one of us is given the opportunity to serve Him. You may be a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, an instrumentalist, a youth director, a good cook, all of us can be used for Him. We don’t have to have the same talent as the others have for the sake of uniformity, instead, unity for Him is what is needed. Let us be warned that if we serve so we can be like other people, we will only end up living an unfulfilled life. Instead, do your service for the glory of God alone.
III. Working for God is Evidence of Faithfulness
I Peter 4:10-11
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
If you are like me who grew up in a Christian home, you would think that you are included in the service your parents do for God . But the preacher warns us that service is not a package deal. It is done individually. In verse 10 we see that God gave each of us spiritual gifts which is unique from each other and this is what we should use for His work. In verse 11 we see that some are speakers, and some are ministers and both are needed for the ministry in the local church. Your gift may be preaching, thus you can be a Preacher, or teaching and be a Sunday School teacher, or the gift of music to help in the music ministry, or the gift of cooking to help in church events. Together, our spiritual gifts will help the church grow and spread the Gospel.
IV. God’s Kingdom Should Come First
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you
When serving God , one could not help but question what he should prioritize: God’s work or his family’s needs? We find in the Bible that God used ordinary people to serve alongside Him as His disciples. These ordinary people have needs too and are not exempted from the concerns of life. But we see that they followed God and all their needs were provided for, with added blessings of course. God is concerned about the quality of life of His followers, but not on earthly terms. He promises to proect and bless those who commit to make His Kingdom and His righteousness their priority and He will provide their needs. Have you ever experienced so much blessings because you put God first? I know I have, countless times.
Just like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, we cannot reverse the process of turning away from our sinful lifestyle to following Christ. The transformation is is impossible to undo. Once we are saved, we are ALWAYS saved. There is no turning back, thus we must live the life like that of a butterfly, no longer desiring sin but desiring the works of our Savior.
The challenge for us is to not to live a life like that of a caterpillar for a sinful life is a frustrating one. Instead, let us live and serve only for our King, and all things will be added unto us.
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