This is our status in Christ Jesus! Through the
power of the cross, we have been delivered
and forgiven! It’s our inheritance in what Christ
has already done for us. It’s our privilege as
children of God to be redeemed, renewed, and
set apart for His glorious kingdom!
Many things in this world will try to speak
against that rightful claim you have in Him.
Many voices will try to protest and dispute
against you about your glorious position in
Christ Jesus. But the truth of the Word stands
forever: “But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name.”
(John 1:12). Your new position says it all.
Despite the suggestion of this present age, we are not in this world for ourselves alone. Our paths cross times, destinies, and people for a purpose. Our lives are meant to connect as building blocks upon the foundation of our Lord Jesus Christ to help bring about change in the world of individuals we meet and pray for and love with the heart of Christ.
There is a “one another concept” that is richly expressed in God’s Word time and again. One verse tells us, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do,” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Another verse says, “…by love serve one another,” (Galatians 5:13). And yet, another still says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,” (Galatians 6:2).
When we are thinking along the lines of ministering to people, it will only happen when we consider one another. It only happens when we step out of self for a moment, take our eyes off us, and see what another may be going through, and taking the time to step into their world for a minute to edify, serve, or help that one to bear something they need help with at the moment.
Serving people is reaching into their world where their need is pleading for help. Sometimes that need is physical for things such as food or warmth, but at other times it’s a hug or a buddy saying, “I’m with you through this.” All of it is driven by concern about what someone else is going through. It’s not sitting in the seat of judgment over circumstance but it’s viewing them with the same compassionate eyes that caused Jesus to care about people the way He did.
This kind of compassion toward others causes movement. One can’t see the struggle and not want to help with the need. It’s recognizing, Lord, I may not be able to help everybody in everything, but for this need, I can stretch out my hand, my heart, and my time to care about another soul.
From the time of the creation of humanity, the “one another concept” has been in play. God designed another being in the form of Eve to help compliment Adam so that he wouldn’t have to do life alone (see Genesis 2:18-22).
They were designed for relationship that offers support physically, emotionally, and spiritually to one another. This idea can most certainly be applied to relationships with our friends, people on our jobs or we come across during the day, acquaintances and so on. It’s hands and hearts of love designed for the betterment of humankind to meet the needs of one another wherever they are.
The “one another concept” isn’t just a good idea. It’s a life choice that raises awareness of simply being there for people when people need you the most. In other words, put people on your radar and become alert to any distress signals or troubles that might be registering for attention. Some people may not know how to ask for help or feel completely uncomfortable with the idea, but in our awareness, when we notice those signals and answer the call, we can make a positive difference in that life that may have felt like it was going under all alone.
After all, if it hasn’t happened already, and even if it did, there may still come a time when we need that same support system that compels another to be willing to put us and our needs ahead of their personal feelings, advancement, and/or pleasure.
We don’t have to fit in with the self-serving nature of our modern culture. Especially, if we remember that Christ deliberately put all our needs ahead of His own when He went to the cross in our place. Love is what turned his attention off Himself and onto us. What more can we do but make the same effort to reach another with the same love and help that was so freely given to us?
Is there another that needs you today? Watch those you come into contact with during the day. Are there ways you can brighten someone’s day? Can you offer water or bread, in Jesus’ name, to one who has a need to be filled? Can someone else use a word of hope and encouragement that guides them to see more than what they are facing now? Can another just have your listening ear and understanding so they can unload a great weight they have been carrying much too long?
Touching needs where they are is only made possible when we get involved in the “one another concept”; when we allow God to use us, and our big or small offerings of help, to plant seeds of love in the life of one who may really need it today. Together, we can do this!
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2, NKJV
I’m sure you have bought a product that
instructs you that when you are done with it to
please properly dispose of the trash it leaves
behind. Things that are not handled correctly
or thrown away or about in a wrong manner can
cause more harm than good. The same is true
for the trash that we carry within us.
Injustice. Unfair treatment. We’ve all dealt with
the effects of it at one point or another in life.
It’s what we do with it that makes all the
difference. We can bury it deep within and let
bitterness take root, we can lash out through
anger, or we can properly dispose of it. We
can take those concerns to the Lord and let
Him work it out instead of getting ourselves
worked up over all the wrong feelings we’re
holding inside. Be done with it and give it to
What are you believing God for today? Let’s
make it clear, God is not our magic wish
granting genie whom we run to whenever we
want something. But, He is faithful to keep
every word He promised.
Keep believing. Keep hoping. Never sway at
the promises of God. Abraham “staggered
not at the promise of God through unbelief;
but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”
(Romans 4:20). Staggering moves one away
from the source of belief, while hope draws him
nearer. Sometimes the wait is long (Abraham
waited 25 years for a son), but in the end,
the blessing that will come from faithfully
holding on will pay off.
For God’s people, there is an expected end!
Whether it was for the captives of old, or for
those struggling through the murky mess of
today, there is hope at the end of everything
How your story started out, or even in what it
is speaking today does not determine how it
will end. With hope, we keep we keep our
eyes and our hearts lifted to the One who
knows the beginning from the end, and we
plant our faith in Him.
No matter what we face, we don’t face it alone.
Through every possible hardship, through
every possible scenario, God is with us. Not
only is He with us, but He is watching over His
people and protecting them.
Sometimes things may seem to be too much to
deal with – overwhelming, in fact. Sometimes
the fire and the flood before us or coming after
us can seem scary and dangerous. But God
is here for His people. He promises, “I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5)
Lean into the promises God and His strength
and He will see you through the difficult times.
There is power in our words. We’ve heard it
time and again, but applying it to our own lives
takes a bit practice. In the heat of the moment
or just in rashness to answer to say “something”
our words can often come flowing out with no
purpose or intent of causing fruit or increase
that benefits not only the hearer but the one
Every time we open our mouths to speak we are
either producing or limiting things from
happening in our lives; we are either putting stuff
out there that causes an increase or a decrease.
We truly do eat or fill our lives and the lives of
those around us with the words we speak.
Satisfaction comes when we are filled with good
and right things. Today, speak to increase and
bless yourself and those around you