Thursday, 28 April 2011 12:38
The Church of Christ is God’s appointed agency for the salvation of men. Its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. And the obligation rests upon all Christians. Everyone to the extent of his talent and opportunity, is to fulfill the Savior’s commission. The love of Christ revealed to us, makes us debtors to all who do not know Him. God has given us light, not for ourselves alone, but to shed upon them.
Those who endeavor to maintain Christians’ life by passively accepting the blessing that comes through the means of grace, and doing nothing for Christ, are simply trying to live by eating without working. And in the spiritual as in the natural world, this always results in degeneration and decay.
A man who would refuse to exercise his limbs would soon lose all power to use them. Therefore the Christian who will not exercise his God-given powers, not only fails to grow up into Christ, but he loses the strength that he already had. On the other hand, the spirit of unselfish labor for others gives depth, stability, and brings peace and happiness to its possessor.
The Apostle Paul says, “Let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God” (1 Cor. 7:24). Each one of us (whoever we are or whatever we are) may conduct our business in a way that will glorify our master because of His fidelity. In fact, every true followers of Christ should so work that others, by seeing his good works, may be led to glorify their Creator and Redeemer.
But take note: “Salvation is not the result of your own efforts. It is the gift of God. That no one can boast about it. For it is by God’s grace that we have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Remember Christ died that we might live. And the reason He rose again is that we might serve a living Savior. Therefore those who devote themselves to unselfish effort for the good of others, are most surely working out their own salvation; for faith without works is nothing.
Many have excused themselves from rendering their gifts to the service of Christ, because others were possessed of superior endowments and advantage. The opinion has prevailed that only those who are especially talented are require to consecrate their abilities to the service of God. But it is not so represented in the parable that talents are given only to certain favored class, to the exclusion of others. When the master of the house called his servants, he gave to every man his work.
Discipleship is relational. To the readers of this humble column, especially the Christians who truly received and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord should not wait for great occasions or to expect extraordinary abilities before you go to work for God. The humblest and poorest of the disciples of Jesus can be a blessing to others. With a loving spirit we may perform life’s humblest duties “as to the Lord” (Col. 3:23).
If the love of God is in the heart, it will be manifested in the life. And life is measured by what we do and the joy we give.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR.
By Bro. Paeng Santos
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