1 Corinthians 12:5 Different Jobs To Do

There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:6

The world is filled with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of different types of jobs. Each job has its own peculiarity and task to be done, that none of the others can do.

Each one has their own level of importance, with none more important than the other in the grand scheme of the whole world. Yet, many people think that one job is more important than another. In doing this, they often cut down people with the ‘lesser’ job.

Paul points out that God has given different gifts and methods of service for people to do. Although the services are different, it is still only one God.

Just as it is in the world, there are many different types of jobs for people to do in the church. There are also different types of works of the Holy Spirit being manifested in the works of service for each person. God has these different works for a purpose.

What is needed in one situation may not be needed in another situation. God uses what is needed in the moment, with whoever is there willing to be used by Him in His way.

However, just like the world, many in the church look down upon others who do not do the same ministry or do it in the exact same way. Some will feel that the other person is not holy and really following God, if he does not do ministry a certain way.

Every believer needs to work in unity with each other, since they are all serving one God. Each one is given his own task and method by God in serving Him in this world. One is not better than the other, but are all equal in God’s kingdom.

You may have a ministry that does not look as good as someone else’s or you may have one that appears to be better than someone else’s.

Do not let pride overcome your heart. Know that your ministry of service is just as important as others.

Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and use you in the way He needs you to be used, doing the work that He needs you to do in the moment.

See what God can do, when you work in unity with the Holy Spirit and others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will use the gift of the Holy Spirit He has given you; that you will do a service for God; and that you will work in unity with other believers.

Romans 12:2 Transform, Not Conform

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

One of the most common thoughts that the media wants people to believe is for people to conform. The world wants everyone to be alike, so that no one is left out. The world also wants everyone to accept everyone just as they are and never to expect change.

The mindset of the world is that with unity there will be peace. Everyone can live as each one desires.

After showing how God grafted any who believe into His family, Paul points out what to do with that information. He says to not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed in the mind to know God’s will.

Every believer was in the world at one point in his life. He lived and thought as the world did, living in and promoting sin. At some point every believer has chosen to become a believer in Jesus and accept what He did for him.

It is at this point that the believer must begin to change his ways and thoughts. Many in the church have not taken this step and have stayed in the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They continue to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to change.

These actions are due to their refuse to transform their thinking to the ways of God. They want to hold on to the past sin, rather than give it up.

Every believer needs to allow God to transform his mind, changing his ways and thinking. Doing this gives the believer strength to live for God and to turn away from sin. It breaks the desire to sin.

Each and every day you have choices to make as to whether you will live for God or live for this world. If you allow the world to influence you and control your thinking, you will live for the world, rejecting what Jesus has done for you.

Choose to live for God. Fill your mind with God’s word and His ways of thinking, acting and speaking. Allow God to transform you into a new creation, giving up the past sins and sinful ways of thinking and acting. Do what God has called you to do and be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will turn from the world towards God; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will live your life for God.

John 15:19 Are You Loved Or Hated?

If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19

People love to be loved. No one likes someone to hate them. In order for people to get that love, most people will do whatever it takes to please others.

When a person is hated, he often feels left out or separated from others. He will often look at himself and try to figure out what he is doing wrong to be hated and change.

Jesus pointed out to His followers that the world hates them because He had chosen them out of the world.

Although the world appeared to love Jesus for a short time, they quickly began to hate Him. The world hates Jesus because He sets a high standard of holy living. This standard goes against the world’s way of living.

Every believer, who is truly living for God, will be hated by the world as a whole. Those who are living mediocre lives for God, will be loved by the world. They live in sinful ways and accept others to live in sinful ways. They are not separate, set a part from the world.

Followers of Jesus will call sin for what it is…sin and will not compromise their standards. The world does not like that type of talk or living, it makes them feel uncomfortable.

As soon as the world begins to love a believer, one must begin to question his walk with God. How is it that the world loves him, when the world hates Jesus? This can be a test strip for how much a person is loving and serving God or serving self and the world.

Take not as to how much the world, those who refuse to believe in Jesus, loves you. Ask yourself how much you are being a witness to them of who Jesus is.

If you are living for God and speaking His words, the world is going to hate you. The only ones who will not hate you are those who choose to follow Jesus.

Your primary job is to be a witness to the world, not to be loved by the world. Do not turn away from being that witness, just because some, or many, do not love you.

Are you loved or hated by the world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to be separate from the world; that you will know God’s love; that you will live a holy life before God and the world; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Exodus 33:16 Standing Out As Different

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“How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:16

Standing out as different is something that the majority of people do not like to do. They want to blend in with everyone. Standing out causes one to be seen by everyone, they are on center stage in the spotlight.

Often standing out means that a person is going against the flow. They are being different and rebellious. There is a small group of this world that thrives on being different. Currently the world tells people to be themselves, regardless of what that looks like to the rest of the world.

Yet, when some people stand out as different, they are treated differently. They are not always accepted.

As Moses was leading the people in the desert, he knew that they had to be different from the world. In order to be seen as different, they needed God’s presence to be with them. God’s presence would set them apart from the rest of the world following idols, dead gods. Moses pleaded with God for His presence to be with them.

Having God’s presence in one’s life has not changed how it looks since Moses. It sets the person apart from the rest of the world. The believer is different from the world.

People will see that a believer, who is walking in God’s presence, is different from them. The believer will walk, talk, and act differently than the rest of the world. He will walk in love, mercy, forgiveness, grace, and holiness, because God’s presence is in him, guiding him and leading him.

Too often believers look like the world. They act like the world and God’s presence is not with them. They are doing their own thing, not God’s. They are no longer distinguished from the world.

As a believer, your life should be different than that of the world. You should be distinguished with God’s  presence. You should be standing out as a shining light for the world to see.

When people look at your life, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone just like them, like the world, not different or set apart?

Or are they seeing someone who has God’s presence in his life?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not move without God’s presence and guidance; that you will be separated from the world unto God; that you will stand out for all the world to see Jesus in your life; and that the world will know God is with you.

1 Peter 4:4 Are You Surprising The World?

 

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They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 1 Peter 4:4

The majority of the people in this world like to live having a good time. They want to do what they want, when they want and how they want.

Teenagers and college students are commonly looked as the ones who live wild and reckless lives. They are often portrayed as party animals, that do nothing but party and be reckless. While it is true that a vast majority do party and have a reckless time in that part of their life, they are not the only ones who live wild and reckless lives.

Millions of men and women get drunk or do drugs everyday. Millions daily sleep around outside of marriage each day. Millions engage in activities that are dangerous and sinful, that will cause problems down the road. This can be seen with people from teen-age level all the way to senior citizens.

Peer pressure is applied to anyone who does not agree with them and join in the wild living. Because of that peer pressure, many more cave in and join them.

True believers in God will stand out as different. Their lives are not guided by having fun in the moment. They are guided by God’s Holy Spirit to live a holy life, that is pure before God with everlasting benefits.

As a believer refuses to be a part of the wild life of this world, people see them as strange. They are surprised that anyone would not want to be a part of that lifestyle. It is often seen as hate and rejection of the person. It is common for believers to be called haters, because they will not accept or partake in the sinful, wild activities of this world. Yet, God has called the believer to be separate from this world.

The world is watching what you say and do. They want you to be like them in every way, so that they do not feel the conviction of being wrong. The life the world is living will only end in death. Do not be a part of that death. Jesus pulled you out of it, stay out of it.

Allow the world to be surprised at how you live.

Is the world surprised at why you will not act and live the way they do?

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus has given you; that you will live your life for God and not this world; that God will give you strength to turn from the wild living of this world; and that the world will be surprised at how you live for God.