How are you living?Bro. David Chancellor
11/11/2001 6:00 PM
This describes the church at Ephesus. There were many good things said. God knows every detail of our works and our life. God knows about every time and every place we are. We will stand face to face with what God expects of us. These could tell a real Christian from a hypocrite. Most people can tell the difference. The title doesn't make the man; the man makes the title. With all that these had done, yet they had left their first love. If the love of God is not in our heart and the motive of all we do, then the works, duties, or responsibilities won't add up to all God wants you to be. What is the motivation in what you do? God doesn't want a people who work for him without their heart being in it. He wants us to serve him because we love him. A service given grudgingly will not be accepted in the sight of God and won't accomplish any real purpose. This is not a "have to" service. Yet, with every choice there is a consequence. What is the point of a choice if there isn't a better or worse? If we aren't convinced that living for God is the best way, we need to get convinced. If we would do a work for God we need to keep a love for God in our heart. There is a part for each of us to do. We each need to accomplish God's purpose in our life.
Our conduct needs to bring a good reflection on the name of Christ. We need to make him glad to claim us. What we do does reflect on the cause of Christ. It doesn't matter whether others see it or not, God sees. Be what you are whether others are watching or not. We should strive together for the faith of the gospel. Your life has an influence on others. Our motivation should be to have what the gospel provides. If we should start going in another direction it should concern us.
We should be pulling together in prayer. Christians should pray. It should not be shut out in the life of a Christian. You have a right to pray anywhere, not forcing it on others, but in any place your heart cries out to God, you can pray. Paul wasn't praying for a problem-free life. He wanted something to be accomplished in his life, more of God's purpose. We should desire that God's purpose be accomplished among us. We should desire that others should have this as well. If God is able to work in us apart, how much more when we are together? We can't just live for God at church. Do we live differently outside of church? If we would give God the service he would have, it should be a loving and prayerful service. We need to strive for the same goal and the same purpose.