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As to the LORD

November 12, 2017

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As to the LORD

We’re always busy,  busy,  busy  —  doing,  doing,  doing.     And that can be good,  but sometimes  it’s not so good.     Paul spoke  to the Ephesians  about their work ethics  and reasons  for helping each other out.     In Ephesians 6:7-8,  Paul says,

With good will  render service,  as to the Lord,  and not to men,  knowing  that whatever good thing  each one does,  this he will receive back  from the Lord…

No matter who we are  or what sort of job  we have,  we deal  with other people  at work,  at home,  and throughout our community.     In all of our dealings  with people,  God wants us  to serve them  with a sincere,  loving heart.

The only reason why  we make sure  we serve others  with a sincere,  loving heart  is that we know  we are actually  serving the Lord  in everything we do.     Since the Lord loves  the people we have to deal with  and He desires  that they be saved,  God  wants us  to love them, too  —  in the same way  that He does,  with a concern  for their eternal salvation.

Sometimes people know  how to make  a pretty good impression  on others.     Other people will look at them  and think  that they are remarkably nice.     But,  everything they do  is actually only an effort  to make others think  they are good.    They want others  to be impressed  with them  and say good things  about them,  so that they can have  a high standing  in the community.    But,  deep down  in their heart,  they have absolutely no love  for the people they are “helping”  or working for.

What does it matter?     At least they are doing  “good things”.     It really does matter  in God’s eyes.     1 Samuel 16:7 says,    “Man  looks at the outward appearance,  but the LORD  looks at the heart.”

When God looks  into our hearts  and sees  that we do not have a godly love  for others  that desires  to save their souls,  then what Paul has to say  in 1 Corinthians 13:3   should be remembered.

If I give  all my possessions  to feed the poor,  and if I deliver my body  to be burned,  but do not  have love,   it profits me nothing.

So,  in everything we do  in this life,  it is vital  that we allow God’s love  for us  to move us  to honestly  love others  and serve them  as God wants us  to serve  —  with a desire  that they would come to know  the love of Jesus  and receive eternal salvation.

As we remember  Jesus’ sacrificial love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  has saved me,  now let me  serve others  with a love  that will bring Your salvation  to them,  also.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country.

The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

 

 

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

  

  

How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

 

 

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

 

 

Oh give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already become perfect,  but I press on  in order that

I may lay hold  of that  for which also I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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