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The Waste Places Shall Be Restored,Isaiah 58:12
Now What? Day 6 - What Does God Expect of Me?
Today's Bible Reading: John 16, 17 and 18
In John 16:7, you will read that the Holy Spirit "will guide you into all truth." Some phases of this truth will be very pleasant, but some phases will emphasize your responsibilities as a child of God.
It's all a part of growing up spiritually, you see. In the natural, a child has a very carefree life. But as he matures, he must assume responsibilities. You don't want to remain a spiritual baby, of course. Let's see some of the responsibilities which now are yours.
MAKE CHRIST THE MASTER
To express their loyalty to Jesus when He was living on earth, His disciples often called Him, "Lord" or "Master." Jesus accepted this position and said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (john 14:15)
But Seek Ye First, The Kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33
You see, as a believer, you now belong to Christ. You did belong to satan, but Christ has bought you with His blood. when we realize how much Jesus has done for us, how He died for us, how He saved us from hell, we are glad for opportunities to show our love for Him by obeying Him.
PUT CHRIST FIRST IN YOUR LIFE
This topic will include anything else I could say to you. Cultivate a sense of Christ's presence. Talk to Him in prayer - at definite times, and also when by yourself throughout the day. When reading the Bible, think of it as Jesus talking to you. Make Jesus the center of your life.
GIVE CHRIST YOUR TIME
There should be a change in your life and habits. If you really want to be a successful Christian, you will want to attend every church service. You will want to have a definite time of private devotions - and of family devotions, if you have a family. You will want to participate in church activities. All this takes time--but it will be worth it!
GIVE CHRIST YOUR ABILITIES
Everyone can do something. If you have special talents, dedicate them to the Lord's work. You may want to take training to develop some latent ability. Besides the jobs which call for special talents, there are many, many other tasks where you can help. Your pastor or other church leaders, will be delighted to have you volunteer. Here is a suggestion I've found helpful: promise the Lord you will try to do anything you are asked to do.
GIVE CHRIST YOUR MATERIAL POSSESSIONS
I said earlier that you belong to the Lord. That means all you own too. It's not really giving to the Lord, since He already owns it already. What we give is an investment in the greatest business in the world--the gospel. You will want to begin tithing--contributing a tenth of your income to the work of God. It looks hard to do? I promise you, you will find the ninetieth going farther than the whole.
BECOME A MEMBER OF A CHURCH
You beling to a new family--the people of God. Show you belong to the family by joining a Bible-believing church. It will give you an increased sense of belonging and will provide an increased opportunity to help others. Through your church and its ministryes, you can reach to the ends of the earth. You will find your church ministering to your own needs too.
TELL OTHERS OF YOUR FAITH
Someone told you about Christ, propably, or you would not be saved today. Don't you think you have an obligation to help others too? As you witness at every opportunity, you will become constantly more effective. Next to your salvation, your greates thrill will be leading someone else to Christ. Talk to someone every day.
BIBE STUDY FOR TODAY
- John 16:7, Why was it necessary for Jesus to go away?
- John 16:13-15, Tell two things the Holy Spirit will do.
- John 16:33, What will we have in the world? In Christ?
- John 17:9, What is Jesus doing for us?
- John 18:38, What did Pilate say of Jesus?
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Isaiah 60:1, Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.