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Do It For Me

"Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:44-46 (NKJV)

We have been blessed with so much in this country, and yet I really don't think we identify with it simply because there is so much and we have become somewhat jaded to it all.  Even in a recession we are far better off financially than a majority of the world.  Often times we will simply look at the things other people have, or to the things we may desire and become fixed upon these things thinking we will become content if we had them, we soon find ourselves no longer content with the abundant blessings we possess.  

How is it that we can have so much, and yet want so much more?

Let's take a look at 1 John to get an answer to this question.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:16 (NKJV)  

The truth is we can never be looking to possess the things of this world expecting they will make us truly content.  Yes, they will excite us and even make us content for a short time, but soon it will wear off and we will be looking for that next something new; both physically and emotionally.  If we are truly going to be content then we need to be looking at Jesus.  We must be focusing on what He has done for us as well as what He wants to do in and through us.  When we look to the example of how Jesus lived we will regain the proper perspective of what is truly important and it will change our way of seeing things as well as our desires.  We will begin to look at how we can serve others as Christ did.

There are many people around us who lack the basic necessities in life such as food, clothing, shelter, and love. When we see these people we can truly appreciate how God has blessed us.  With this truth comes accountability and responsibility for us as well though. This isn't just true for our physical possessions.  It holds true for our time and our knowledge of God's Word.

We need to know everything we have is God's, we are just stewards.  If we view this truth in proper perspective we will be more inclined to seek His will for how we invest into the lives of others. If it is our desire to be used as a vessel of honor, God will acknowledge our heart and bring opportunities to invest into the lives of others.  

I want to encourage you today to look around and see if there is somebody you can bless.  Ask God to show you clearly, to write it on your heart.  And then follow His leading by sharing it with those in need and watch what happens.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 2:16, what comes from the world?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you willing to be used by the Lord to invest into the lives of others?  

APPLICATION: Ask God to use you today to help others who are in need.  Don't judge or justify why you shouldn't give, just give with a joyous heart as if you are giving to God.  

Father, thank You for allowing me to have a relationship with You and with Jesus.  Thank You for reminding me we are here for a short time, and we need to make good use of everything You have given us for the furthering of the Kingdom.  In Jesus' precious name., amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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