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The Wooden Cup

The Wooden Cup
The Jesus Signature Series His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:3-7 (NKJV)

I received a missions email update from a friend.  It was from a man named Nick regarding his missions trip to the Ukraine.  It was filled with many great things the Lord was doing in the lives of those who lived there as well as those who went to serve.  At the end of Nick's letter he shared a small story about a young man named Victor.  In it was a great example of the simplicity of loving others in the way Christ would.  It goes like this-

"One of the longtime residents here, Victor, came to see me. He gave me a little carved wooden cup that he had labored over. "It is hand made," he shared. I asked him why he did this. He said, "It is for you because your group keeps coming to help us." So I took the little cup and told him it is truly wonderful. But I said it was missing something. I said, "You forgot to sign your name. All artists sign their name to their work." A smile came on to Victor's face that was as wonderful as could be. This was a good reminder for all of us that these simple interactions in the lives of young people are very precious. These are little acts of love that can reflect Jesus Christ."

When I read this letter I thought about what Nick had said to this young man Victor in relationship to him signing his name so as to identify his work.  As I thought about it I couldn't help but think it is the same way with us as Christians.  In essence, we also will be signing a name to every work we do, and the signature will read, "Jesus."  When we identify ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ, the things we do are often associated with Him as well.  This means every act of love, grace, and mercy we show to others will reflect Jesus' life and His heart of a servant.  

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, this should give each of us a sense of accountability and a sense of excitement the more we think about it - knowing every good work coming through our actions and advancing the kingdom of God will have the name of Christ attached to it for all to see throughout eternity.  And there will be a reward for these good works as well.

If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 1 Corinthians 3:14 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Peter 1:3-7 what can we learn about our possessing God's divine nature once we become His children?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you sharing God's love with others, and are your actions showing His nature in your life?

APPLICATION: Be kind, compassionate, caring and willing to serve other people as if you are doing it for the Lord.  Allow God to supply all your needs as you do this through Christ Jesus.

Father, thank You for Your love, mercy and grace upon my life.  Thank You for showing me how to love others in the way Jesus does.  Help me today to be filled with Your agape love and lead me in sharing this love with those You bring into my life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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