“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3: 4-7
More often than not these days I feel like I’m coming up short in just about every area of my life. More than likely it’s Satan playing his usual games and planting doubts in my heart and mind. Sadly, I’m all too willing a partcipant lately. Whether it is at home, church, work or ministries I feel like I’m just standing on the sidelines while the work needs to get done and I’m waiting for someone else to come along and do it.
It’s not reality though. My house may be messy but it’s clean (if you ignore the constant fur balls, LOL), I’m at service every Sunday (a very willing participant), I get my work done (I’m very particular on how things are arranged-even with in what order my programs are opened) and I am involved and working in different ministries. Yet, I still feel at times that I’m lacking.
So, I am eternally grateful that I don’t have to worry on that end about needing to constantly DO in order to get into heaven. The covenant God had with the people of Israel was one of do’s and don’ts. They had a very long list of what to do in each particular situation. What type of sacrifice was needed for sins, to be cleansed…it had to be tiring to try to keep up with it all!
Now I’m not saying that we should stop doing good for others. We absolutely should but we need to understand that the new covenant that Jesus began for us with the shedding of His precious blood satisfied that old covenant. Our covenant now is to Recognize and Accept that Jesus is the Son of God, that He suffered, died AND resurrected so we may have a personal-intimate relationship with God and that His sacrifice cleansed us of ALL of our sins-past, present and future. We just need to come to Him, THANK Him for dying for our sins, ask Him into our hearts, ask Him to forgive us of our sins and let Him be our Lord and Savior-we need to BE STILL and know He is God. When we do this we get the awesome gift of the Holy Spirit.
I know all too well from my own personal experience that when we do this that God, through the Holy Spirit, will change us from within. I had mentioned in an earlier post that when I finally made Jesus my LORD and not just my Savior, He began to change me. Suddenly, and I really do mean suddenly, I was no longer comfortable doing things that I had no issue with before. Even now I’m finding that He’s changing more and more things in me. I’m sorry to say, but I used to be OK with hearing gossip. That is something He’s been working in me and within the last month I have to say I can’t stand being around it. I limit my time around certain people because that is all they do. That’s just one example of many.
God through the Holy Spirit has also been guiding me more and more to do for other people. Sometimes it may be buying someone a meal-my intent is to do it anonymously but all too often the people insist on know who had paid for their food. Or He may guide me to assist someone in buying something at the store that they need but cannot afford-whether it’s food and sometimes school supplies. A cup of coffee for the bell ringer outside of my local Walmart. Something. I at times will ask Him to show me someone that I can be a blessing to. And He does. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
For myself, I fully believe that what James 2:26 is accurate “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” I believe that if we have truly made Jesus our LORD and Savior, He will work in us and it will show in our actions and behavior.
Have a very beautiful day my friends. Ask Him to show you someone to be a blessing to. I bet He will!!
In Jesus’ precious name.