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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

GOING BEYOND JUST CHURCH

Do you realize you are supposed to go out and seek the 'lost' in the world? But how can you do this if you only sit in your 'Holy Huddle' or just go to church one day a week? Needs are all around us.  Hurting people who need a touch from Jesus are everywhere. Some may even be within Christian circles. In the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20, we are told to go into 'all' the world. This means the grocery store, the gas station, the coffee shop,the movie theater,the home improvement store, the gym, the walking trail, the dog park and all the other places your life may take you. You do not have to go to Africa to be 'his hands and feet' as there are needs right here in our own back yard. We are to be like Him and look for needs to be met and try to meet them if we can.

As a believer we are called salt, light, an ambassador, his hands and feet and are to leave 'godly footprints' , so to speak, in  the places we go each and every day. Too many people may feel they have done their duty on Sunday, when in fact Sunday should be a training session for the week ahead of you. Sure we want to get a message ourselves and leave feeling good, but what good is it if you hoard the message and do not go out and try to bless those who God puts in your path? You never know what people may be going through and how a kind word can help them. Just this past week at the dentist I found out the hygienists' dad had died right after Thanksgiving. Their Christmas will be hard. Right there is an opportunity to pray and share God's love.

What good is your 'religion' if you are not spreading seeds of God's love where you go? James 1:26 says "
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Further in James 4:17 it says "Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it,sins."  Ouch that stings!  Further in the book of James chapter 5 verse 20 it says "remember this, whoever turns a sinner from the error of his ways will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins." This does not mean we are perfect and have no problems ourselves.  It can be amazing therapy getting your mind off yourself and helping others.

Daniel 12:3 says "those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."

Be willing to let God use you to do His work I the world around you.

PRAYER: Lord I want to be your witness out in the world around me. Show me who needs a kind word or help in some other way. Direct my steps to do your will. In Jesus name. Amen!

Note: enjoy and lift up Jesus higher as you listen to the worship song below by clicking on the link. Be blessed.
http://youtu.be/DUJRZY2seCw

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