Becoming A Christ-Like Servant

Serve the Lord with gladness.
- Psalm 100:2

Christians should have a combination of a quest for excellence mixed with an enjoyable personality.

They should learn to work hard and love life.

They should strive to teach God’s Word with integrity while living their lives with joy.

People around are watching.

They can tell if Christians are serving “the Lord with gladness” (Ps. 100:2), and if their love for Jesus is coming through in their good works (Eph. 2:10).

Let us serve well, and serve with joy.

Where To Invest Our Lives

Whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. (Luke 9:24)

Satan tells us to live only for the present, but he knows it will result in our eternal loss.

The Lord Jesus Christ, on the other hand, called us to self-sacrifice and identification with Him.

He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).


There are two voices telling us where to invest our lives.

It’s a risky business to follow the wrong one.

Who do you follow?

Light Of The World

Matthew 5:14-15

You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand,
and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Jesus is the great light of the world (John 8:12).

Those who believe in Him are brought out of darkness into His light (Colossians1:12-13). They in turn become lights also.


What does light do?

It exposes dirt. It lights up the way so that we do not stumble. It discourages works of darkness. It dispels fear. It enables discernment to be made. It enables work to be done.


What does the light of the gospel do?

It blesses in many different ways.

Christians who walk in it can in turn help others by sharing the knowledge they have concerning life, death, sin, salvation, God, the devil, heaven and hell.

These are important issues that have plagued man on a wide scale. And many are striving to find adequate answers.

The light will then be recognized, not just in words, but also in good deeds, which lead others to praise our Father in heaven.

Let us be determined to shine for Jesus — the true light of the world!

Oh Lord,
I want my life to count for You and Your kingdom.
Help me be a lighthouse for You.

Forgiveness Is For Ourselves Too

Matthew 6:12

Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Forgiveness can stop the cycle of blame, pain as well as vengeance and violence.

Forgiveness is to release, to hurl away, and to free ourselves.

The only way to break the chain or cycle of hurtfulness
is to stop and ask for forgiveness.
This allows a relationship to start over and begin anew.

The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative.

What a weight we have to carry spiritually
when we refuse to forgive.

Forgiveness is not just a gift to the other person;
it is for ourselves as well!

Let us give ourselves the gift of forgiveness. Is there someone we need to forgive?

Oh Father,
I pray for the power of Your Holy Spirit
to enable me to release any cycles of hurtfulness
in my life by forgiving others.

The Poor In Spirit

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Acknowledging our poverty in spirit is humility.

It occurs when we realize our own utter lack of resources to meet life and finds our strength in God.

Such an attitude leads us away from attachment to things to attachment to God and heaven.

The word “poor” here means absolute, abject poverty.

Blessed are those who have realized their own utter helplessness and inadequacy and who have put their whole trust in God.

Such a person will humbly accept the will of God and thus become a citizen of the kingdom.

Let us acknowledge our helplessness and inadequacy and place our complete trust in God.

Oh Lord,
help me express true humility in practical ways today
and show that my trust is in You alone.

Speak On Behalf Of Those Who Suffer

2 Timothy 4:16

At my first defense, no one came to my support,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them.

The Apostle Paul knew exactly what it was like to be alone, to be deserted by all who called themselves brothers and sisters.

Christians are the largest persecuted group in the world today.

But this is so seldom mentioned in our gatherings and church services.

Very few Christians know the names of their fellow believers who are in prison.....

Let us speak on behalf of those who suffer.

Let us not desert those that belong to
the same body that we belong to
and who desperately need the encouragement
of our intervention on their behalf.

Oh Lord,
broaden my awareness of the needs of
my suffering brothers and sisters.
May I not be known for my silence.