‘ …OUR GOAL IS TO MEASURE UP TO GOD’S PLAN FOR US…’ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:13
While we are called to serve others, even Jesus did not try to meet everybody’s needs.
How will I know when Christ is the centre of my life? Because you will walk in confidence before Him. Worry is a warning light that Christ has been shoved to the sideline. The moment you put Him back in His rightful place and say, ‘I am trusting You, not myself,’ you will have peace again. Listen: ‘…a sense of God’s wholeness…will come and settle you down. It is wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life’ (Philippians 4:7 TM).
What kind of person am I becoming? Peter says, ‘So don’t lose a minute in building on what you have been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love…’ (2 Peter 1:5-7 TM). Tall order,eh? Do not get discouraged. It takes a lifetime to put these building blocks in place.
What will my contribution be? While we are called to serve others, even Jesus did not try to meet everybody’s needs. Choose where you can be effective based on your gifts; ask, ‘Who do I have a desire to help most?’ Jesus said, ‘I appointed you to go out and bear fruit’ (John 15:16 NRSV). But each of us bears different fruit.
One day God will review your answers to these questions. Did you make Jesus the centre of your life? Did you seek to become more like Him each day? Did you devote yourself to serving others? Ultimately, these are the questions that will matter.
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