Living a life of holiness also calls for living a life of service, not only in the four walls of the church building, but also within our surrounding communities as well. We are called to show mercy to those who are in need…whether the need is spiritual, emotional, physical, psychological or financial (Is. 1:16,17; Mic. 6:6-8). The abundant blessings in which we have received from the beneficent hand of God is intended to provide for our daily needs, as well as, to extend the same beneficence to the work and advancement of the Kingdom, which is inclusive of being a blessing to others. Jesus said,
“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another…” (Jn. 13:34, 35).
and in response to one of the Pharisees, whom had inquired about the greatest commandment, He said,
“…’Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.’ And the second is like unto it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets…” (Mt. 23:36-40).
As we continue to meditate upon our responsibilities as children of God and citizens of His Kingdom, we cannot overlook the ‘not so glamorous’ side that does not bring the accolades of the media and those who are in positions of influence. We are not to engage in Kingdom business to receive the praise from men because our reward comes from above (Mt. 25:34-40). Conversely, when we fail to humble ourselves in service as an ambassador of the King, we will receive our just reward as well (Mt. 25:41-46).
As we have taken on our Heavenly Father’s nature by faith in the finished work of Christ, we must begin to demonstrate this in our daily lives…it is more blessed to give than to receive…(Acts 20:35)…#thinkonthesethings