"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16
Sacrifices. Not a popular word in the American Culture. Not a popular word in the American Church. Absolutely necessary parts of a believer's life. It's not as hard as we make it sound...simply, do good and share with others. Open your hand! Ask God to give you His eyes, His heart, and His hands and feet. Look around you for people to bless. You may not have much, but little is much when God is in it!
The Message Bible says this in Hebrews 13:16 "Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship-a different kind of 'sacrifice' -that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets."
Do you want to live a life pleasing to God? A very quiet kind of sacrifice is the one required to do so. Your gifts and service may go unnoticed here on earth, but I promise God sees. Are we living and serving an audience of ONE? At the end of life, we'll only stand before one judge. His name is God. My encouragement to you, today, is to live life in such a way that you bring God pleasure. Know that what you do in simple acts of service you do for your KING!
How will I serve Him, today? Who will I love intentionally? What kind of sacrifice will I make for someone God loves dearly? I fail often. I think, that these are good questions to start our day with though. We must be intentional in our love and our expression of our faith. I want to share one more verse with you, one that has proven true in my life, over and over, again.
From the Message, Matthew 5:7 "You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for."
Do you know how that happens? That giving and receiving of care among believers? It happens when we're each obedient to make the sacrifices God is asking of us. Whether they be in the kitchen, in the workplace, in the streets, when we each do our part the whole body of Christ will find itself cared for and loved.
If you're looking for a place to start to turn on the LIGHT in your life...look here. The Rogers' Family needs our help and so do many others. Let's be intentional in our acts of worship, today.
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Hidden in Christ,