9/23/16 Are You Available?
“The world is changing rapidly. It is accelerating toward the conclusion that I have determined from the beginning. Soon, nothing will be as it once was. Safety will no longer be in what you have. Who or where you are will mean little.
"How are you planning to overcome what is ahead? Where does your safety lie? What are your plans? Are they designed to protect you and what you have? Are they born out of fear, so that you can survive? Or have you provided for those who need to know Me and My will for their lives by becoming who I plan for you to be?
"Have you forgotten that once you have seen the truth that Jesus is Lord and that He is your Lord, you are to be concerned only about others? You are to live as Jesus would live. This is no longer about you! Everything is about how many will come to Him before I bring all things to My conclusion.”
Acts 4:29-35 NIV
29) “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
32) All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
33) With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
34) There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales
35) and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
Acts 8:4 AMP
Now those who were scattered abroad went about [through the land from place to place] preaching the glad tidings, the Word [the doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God].
Romans 1:8 NIV
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
What is the world around you reporting about your life? Are they talking about your faith? Are they seeing Who Jesus is? Are they marveling at your tremendous joy, no matter how difficult your circumstances? What about your relationships? Are you a true friend? Can you be trusted when those who trust you are in trouble? Are you available for the hurting, the needy, or the ignorant?
You and I are called to be a representation of the character of Jesus Christ to the world in which He has placed us. We are to act like Him so that others can see Who He is and embrace Him, all so that the will of the Father is completed. If today is the day that you realize the world is heading for many changes, what are you going to do about it? How are you preparing for those changes? Who are you serving?
Teach me to serve only You, Lord,