What I’m Listening to: Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle
Before we start discussing this week’s message, it’s important to get one thing out of the way immediately: we are not saved by our works. We’re not. We’re saved by God’s infinite grace:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
~Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
However, knowing that because of our belief we are saved, in spite of anything we could possibly do, should not lull us into a state of complacency. It should not make us shrug our shoulders and think we are doing good enough. Because while we can’t save ourselves or anyone else, our actions can influence others, can help others.
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
~ Romans 12:8 (NIV)
I’m not saying this in order to make anyone feel like nothing short of quitting their job and becoming a full time missionary is good enough, but rather that it’s important to be open to opportunities to help those in need. To do make the difference we are being called to make.
Prayer Prompt: Ask the Lord to show you places where you can make an impact, not for your own glory, but for God’s.