Putting Love Into Action

There are countless instances in God’s Word where the words on our title have application. Many of God’s servant in the past and many today fit the bill. Christianity is a religion of action. Since we have “been raised with Christ,” we are to live our lives daily for Him!
We read about such an individual in Paul’s Epistle to Philemon. In Philemon 1:5 we have these words: “hearing of your love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints.” Paul is commending Philemon for living out his faith.

As is the case, Philemon’s genuine love and faith in and towards the Lord Jesus resulted in his love for others. (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:6 and 1 John 3:14). Some other instances of hearing about the love and service of believers in the New Testament is found in 2 John 1:4 and 3 John 1:3-4

In Philemon 6, as a result of his love and faith in and for Jesus, Philemon shares his faith. He becomes a “doer as well as a hearer” of God’s Word (James 1:22). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep on (keep on keeping) My commandments.” (John 14:15).

This results in a life where one’s faith rubs off on those around him. Folks see you serving God and knowing that it is real for you can motivate others to seek to serve Jesus more and more.

It can result I striving to reach the lost and strengthen the saved. It will motivate us to help the lost find their way out of the “kingdom of darkness and be conveyed to the kingdom of the Son of His love.”
You can, like Philemon, have a joy in your life because of the love you show, first of all to Christ, and then to others.
-Larry Miles

Steadfast Christian Living

larrydec26The Apostle Paul told the Colossian Christians and us today that the goal of the true believer is steadfastness in Christ.  (Col. 1:23; Col. 2:5-7) He wants us to be grounded in the faith, knowing what we believe and why. He admonishes us to be in the fight of faith for the duration. Jesus has promised that He is returning, but we don’t know when so we must be ready at all times.

We are instructed to be active for Him, watching, waiting, and working for Jesus! Paul told the Ephesians that we were saved for good works. We were to be a “people zealous for good works.”

To be this kind of Christian does not happen overnight but comes into fruition as we grow in the Lord. It is the Lord’s desire that we grow in Him. It is His desire that we be grounded in the faith. He has equipped us for service by giving us the Word of God.

We are to have the right anchors in life. We need the anchor that will hold in the storms of life, the Lord Jesus! We read in 1 Cor. 15:58: “therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Notice that while steadfastness is commanded and knowledge of the Word is needed, this must translate into an abundant life in the Lord. This takes us back to the words of Jesus in the Gospels that He offers the Christian an abundant life, one that will help us, not only in our own spiritual growth, but will help us reach the lost with the Gospel and enable us to strengthen those in Christ.

All of us should desire that kind life, but it does not come without a desire to equip one’s self for service. If we would lead the steadfast life that God requires, we must appropriate all of the spiritual resources available.