We should always remember and keep in mind that we each have a purpose that God has instilled within us to fulfill so that our life will be significant upon this earth and our impact upon our fellow man will never be forgotten or erased. So many times people wish to do something great with their life, but they think to do something great it has to impact a large number of people. In truth, our life can be greatly impactful when we touch one soul and help them to rise higher, stand taller, and reach farther than they ever thought they could. When we take an interest in someone else without motive or pretense we will be showing our fellow man a pure love that wishes for them to begin again so that their life may be a blessing for themselves as well as to those around them. The Bible declares in Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” We can’t say no when the opportunity comes our way because our mandate from the Lord Jesus is to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-40) (Romans 12:3-17)
We should never wish to walk someone else’s path or live someone else’s life. We should run our own race with eager anticipation of what God has in store for us to accomplish and fulfill. The Lord has given each of us a different assignment and we should pursue that assignment with all of our hearts knowing that good fruit will come forth from our efforts. God is faithful to see the purity of our hearts doing God’s will and He will reward us in like manner for following the narrow path that leads to life everlasting. No matter what the enemy may be trying to use to discourage you, I want you to know that your life is unique and meant to make a difference. You are meant to be blessed and a blessing, rising above and helping others to rise with you, to stand for righteousness and lead others to know the One who cleanses us of our sins and makes us cleaner than freshly fallen snow. (Jeremiah 29:11-14) (Isaiah 1:18-19)
Be encouraged to do all that you can to be a witness and an example of God’s love with every word, every act and every deed so that your living example may be a lasting witness in the hearts and minds of those whom you are fortunate enough to cross paths with. When we pursue the path that God has set us upon, that is when we will have perfect peace because we will be fulfilling our destiny and living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. That is all each of us could ever hope to do so that one day we may hear those wonderful words “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do all that you can to help another be all that they can be so that both of your lives may be blessed and lifted up.
Walking through the forest, a seasoned hiker came upon a broad, slow moving river. He stopped to gaze over the waters, appreciating the beauty, when suddenly he heard a faint cry coming from upstream.
Looking in the direction of the noise, he saw an obviously drowning man floundering in the river and drifting slowly toward him.
The hiker was stunned momentarily, but he sprang into action when he saw the man disappear beneath the waters. Throwing off all of his cumbersome gear, he dove into the river and swam like a madman toward the spot where the man went under.
Upon reaching the spot he plunged below the surface and frantically hauled up the helpless man. He then laboriously towed the victim to shore. Heaving the lifeless body up on the riverbank, the hiker attempted to revive the man, who eventually spit up water and began to breathe.
Relieved, the hiker paused to catch his breath. But no sooner had he done so than he heard another voice out on the water. Another drowning person!
Once again he swam out and pulled the person to shore, a little more slowly this time. As the hiker-turned-lifeguard revived the second victim, he heard yet another cry for help.
All day long the hiker worked, rescuing one person after another as they came drifting down the river. There seemed to be no end of drowning victims, and the hiker didn't think he could keep it up.
Just when he was about to collapse from exhaustion, he spotted another man walking rapidly beside the river, headed upstream. “Hey mister!” he cried out. “Please help me! These poor people are drowning!”
Amazingly, the man kept walking upstream. The astonished hiker called out again. Without even acknowledging the cry, the man kept going. Indignant and angry, the hiker leaped to his feet, ran toward the uncompassionate man, stood directly in his path, and in a loud voice demanded, “Sir! How can you possibly walk past all these drowning people? Have you no conscience? Must I force you to help me save these people?”
The stranger stopped, looked at him for the first time and said with a calm, focused voice, “Sir, please get out of my way. I am headed upstream to stop the guy who is pushing all these people in.”
Each of us has a role to play in rescuing those who are drowning in sin. Some of us pull people from the water and resuscitate them with counseling, food, shelter, a rehabilitation program, a support group, or financial aid. Affirm those doing these important ministries.
Others of us find our place of ministry upstream, opposing the one pushing people into the river. We do this by introducing those people to Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ sets a person free from sin and releases them from Satan's power over them.
By itself, pulling people from the water isn't enough.
We need to help people deal with the problem of sin at its source.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Romans 12:10-16 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another...”
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares “Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry