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Our Deeds Do Make A Difference!
Pastor Peter Pal
"Let us not love
with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth" (1 Jn. 3:18
NIV). Wow! What a command! How often do we forget to back up our
feelings with good, old-fashioned action? How often do we fail to
show Christís love to others through our behavior? I am talking
specifically about caring for one anotherís needs.
This reminds me of the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would
have done unto you." I always thought this meant, "Donít do things
to others that you yourself would not like done to you." But it
doesnít say, "Donít do." It does say, "Do." And that means we should
actually do for others what we would like people to do for us.
More and more, I find that it isnít all that hard to serve another.
Service can be many things: from small actions like a kind word or
an encouraging hug, to larger ones such as listening to anotherís
problems or helping with a task. Whether small or large, our actions
will make a difference in the lives of those around us.
The Bible says that we are to "serve one another in love." Then it
says that this command must be our law: "Love your neighbor as
yourself" (Gal. 5:13-14). It is no mistake that "the fruit of the
Spirit" within us is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Gal.
5:22-23). These are the things that are to be displayed through our
actions, and what a difference they make!
The Bible also says that we are to "serve wholeheartedly, as if you
were serving the Lord, not men." (Eph. 6:7). Whatever we do for
another, we are
doing for our Lord. And believe me, He notices - no matter how small
a thing we do. Why? Because "we are Godís workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus to do good works" (Eph. 2:10).
Think of it: we are actually created to do good works! Praise the
Lord! We are not alone in our walk with Christ. We are brothers and
sisters in Christ, and itís a remarkable privilege to have such a
loving family! God has given each of us special talents, gifts, and
interests, so we can serve Him. What better way than to minister to
the needs of others?
Reminds One Of Tabitha
This reminds me of Tabitha (or Dorcas) in Acts 9:36-42. Though she
was a woman of no special status, she was well known and loved for
serving the poor and the widows by making them clothes. She used her
God-given talent for His glory. What a difference we could make if
we did the same!
Our Deeds Do Touch Lives.
They will be the things that people remember about us, and they
might even lead others to Christ. We may never have the opportunity
to be missionaries, but we can all be servants. Be encouraged today
that the little things you do for the Lord and for others are worth
your effort; they do make a difference. Letís always remember the
servant-like character of Christ, and mirror it in our lives.
A note from The
Pastor Pal is a Pastor of a new
Sojourner's Fellowship in India and directs our Sojourner's Fellowship,
Sojourner's Harvest India, work throughout all of India. Born in India, he
is married with two children.
"Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder
marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be
told you." Habakkuk
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great
light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light
shined." Isaiah 9:2