A Shepherd's Heart

Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication

Doing the "hard," but blessed thing
by GBC Ministry

 There are some scriptures which "hit you between the eyes" with the directness of their instruction.  For a pastor/shepherd, one such passage is 2 Timothy 4:1, 2:



"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
And for all sincere saints concerned with God's glory, one such passage is Hebrews 10:24, 25:
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
Both of these passages require us to set aside our natural tendency to "keep to ourselves" and to not "get involved" in others' lives and, in the Spirit of love, reach out in a very direct and personal way to those we truly love.  They strip away complacency and provoke us to follow the Lord's own example and minister to these with the Word of God by way of personal exhortation regarding the specific needs and issues of their life for their personal blessing and gain in Christ.
But despite the love in our hearts for these, it is still often difficult to say, "I'm concerned for you."  We still desire to be "liked" by all who know us.  And every time we get personal, we take the chance of having our words or our spirit misinterpreted and used against us.  Such is the nature of the spiritual battle.
Well, what should we do?  The Lord's answer is to this very simple, direct quesion is equally simple and direct:
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him
[1] deny himself, and
[2] take up his cross daily, and
[3] follow me."
Luke 9:23
What will this require of you personally?  I don't know.  All I know is that we are commanded to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) as the Lord so provokes us.  We are to remember that we have been saved for a purpose: to glorify God in all that we do.  We are to understand that "no man is an island," that the Body of Christ is so diversified for a reason: that every need has a supply.  You may be someone's "supply" today.
Finally, understand this: if you truly love someone, you will, with all carefulness and compassion, do what is truly best for them and, "having done all, stand" in the Lord, trusting Him for the results His Spirit produces.  If you do this, i.e., if you do what is truly best for those you love, you will, indeed, be following Jesus "in sincerity and in truth" (Ephesians 6:24), for doing what was best for those He loved was the pattern of His whole life on earth, the manifested fruit of His character and His love.

Manifest your love for the Lord today by truly loving His Body, the church, today.  Prove your love with sincere service to the needs of others among whom He has placed you, not just those whom you choose to serve because you are "familiar" with them, but especially those who have the greatest needs, even though you may not feel particularly "close" to them. 

Giving when there is no thought of or opportunity of "receiving" is true selfless service.  Selfless service is God-honoring service.  There is nothing more needful and, though admittedly challenging in some cases, ultimately, there is nothing more rewarding.

 "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9


Actions: E-mail | Permalink

Previous Page | Next Page

Grace Bible Church :-: (217) 200-2232 :-: 3900 N Willow Rd Urbana, P.O. Box 303, IL 61803 :-: pastor (at) gbcurbana.com