From the Heart- In His Word 7-12-15

From the Heart- In His Word

Whatever we do we need to do it as unto the Lord. 

 In other words straight from our heart to His; we should do it because we love Him. In His love He has given us grace, hope, peace and joy even when we did not deserve it. 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

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At this time of year many people get caught up in the “Santa Claus” portion of giving and completely forget that we need to be living a life of giving of ourselves for Jesus all year round. We enjoy our shopping, our dining with friends and family tallying up the mass quantities of either home baked goods or trinkets and toys to share with others. It is a lot of fun but I wonder sometimes if this is for His party or ours? 
Do we follow the traditions of others in our Christmas Celebrations, having the red dressed man come to our parties or do we keep the focus where it belongs?

 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:6-9
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Our job is not to be like everyone else but to be like Jesus. To share the love, hope, peace and joy that He has given us as a gift to give to others. So no matter how someone else is celebrating begin your own ‘traditions’ this year point the way to Christ Jesus who died and rose again for your kids, your neighbors and all of us!
Let’s make it a goal to live like Christ in the season where the  popular claim is that He is ‘the reason for the season’. Let us change how we were and renew our plans, our thoughts our ideas of what it means to live a life for Christ. Let’s start right now!

So how do we live like Christians?

Put on Christ- Romans 13:12-14
The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. 
Stop trying to be like everyone else, we are to be different than those around us at the work place, in the classroom, when we go out shopping. Don’t let the thrill of a good deal get the better of your good judgment.
Do not act like the world- Romans 12:1-2 Redeem the time, take back the moments you would waste away buying things that won’t last and use the time to share the love of Christ with others. No body said you can’t have fun, but keep it sensible.
Be full of the Spirit and joy in the Lord-Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7
Image result for christian christmas images facebookGift them with Grace: The joy of the Lord is my strength! We have heard it said and many of us have felt it but at this time of year if you work in retail you have more than claimed it you have lived it! Pray for those who work around the sales and the jobs that are not so much fun this season; don’t get mad at the clerk even if they ‘deserve it’ give them grace like Christ gave you. If you want to live like Jesus you have to think about how He would treat each person. Remember the money changers and accept that some people will make you upset but for those who need it, there is grace.  Romans 12:6
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:16-17
Dear Heavenly Father; Thank you for your Son, and your direction. Teach us to do your will in our lives. Help us to share your love, joy, hope and peace all wrapped up in grace this week, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested Reading: Colossians 3:1-25, Philippians 4:1-23, Roman 12:1-21 and Romans 13: 1-14