Working Giving Serving Loving And Praying
The title should be praying, working, giving, serving, loving and praying but that would be too long.
Ephesians 4:28: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Are you working that you may have to keep for yourself? The greatest need of the others you encounter is Jesus and the eternal life that He gives. And those you encounter have multitudes of lesser needs. Are you working for those things?
Romans 13:8: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
In the opening verses of Romans, Philippians and Titus Paul calls himself a servant of God and a servant of Christ. In the opening verses of James, 2 Peter and Jude, those men also called themselves the servants of God and of Jesus. In the opening passages of first and second Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians Colossians and 2 Peter the human authors called themselves Apostles. Apostles are defined thus: Delegate, ambassador of the Gospel, commissioner of Christ, messenger and he that is sent.
Servants of God are sent by God to serve others. This truth includes the great Apostles AND all of us lesser believers. Ephesians was written TO all of the saints (believers) at Ephesus (See verse 1) and if you are a believer it was written FOR you and FOR me.
Psalms 100:2: Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Serving the Lord, gladness, coming before His presence and singing are inseparable. Note that the first of the four in the passage is serving.
I have met many believers in my nursing home ministry who have great joy because they have served God and others in their lifetime. Some are disappointed BECAUSE they are no longer able to serve. For some their illness is just a temporary interruption of their service. Their ability to serve was temporarily prevented by circumstances they could not control. They soon look for and find ways to serve and have joy.
I have met other believers who foolishly quit serving. They wistfully remember the gladness they had when they did serve God and others but somehow it doesn*t soak in that the gladness stopped when they stopped serving. They don*t look for new ways to serve. They are not joyful. They haven*t figured out that when they are willing to serve, there will always be someone they can serve and there will always be a way to serve. If there is nothing else we can do for others, we can pray for them. We sometimes think that praying for others is second-rate service. But it is the most important service. Prayer is the starting point. Prayer gets God involved. If believers are not serving I am sure they are not praying either. We should not forget that when we had physical strength to serve others we also prayed for them. Prayer is labor. Any believer can do that kind of labor. There can be legitimate reasons that we cannot serve in others ways but there is never a reason we cannot pray unless we are unconscious.
Colossians 4:12: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Care to discuss Working Giving Serving Loving And Praying with Ron?