Make Yourself Useful

Love makes itself useful.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a: Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: . . .

Luke 13:7: Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

God has higher purposes for us than He has for fig trees, but if we are not useful to Him, why should He keep us alive? When our clothes wear out we turn them into rags or patches. When the rags and patches become useless we throw them away. When our toasters break, we throw them away. When light bulbs burn out, we throw them away. Is there any reason that God should not throw you or me away? Even worse than being useless is being actively opposed to God and others.

Romans 8:7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

God does not need us. There is nothing that He does through us that He cannot do all by Himself without us. For some reason beyond our understanding He has seen fit to recreate some of us and make us useful in accomplishing His will.

Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

When we become totally useless to Him or when it is time to reward us for serving Him, He ends our lives on earth. His purposes for us are to unselfishly love and serve Him and others. Doing those things begins when we receive Jesus into our hearts. Then it continues as we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love. Without Jesus and the Holy Spirit we are useless to God and we are His enemies.

Make yourself useful . . . receive Jesus. If you aren*t living a life that is useful to God and others, what evidence is there that you have received Him and that you are His workmanship?

Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

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