What is one thing God wants for our life? In Leviticus 11:44 and 1 Peter 1:15 God tells us His will is for each one of us to “Be holy, for I is holy.” What is holiness? How should it play out in our life? When you boil the meaning of holiness down, it means for us to be UNSELFISH!
Being unselfish would mean that we are willing to not only see about the things and people in our life, but that we should reach out to others that we may not presently know. If we only limit our service to our loved ones, we are not truly fulfilling God’s call on our life.
God’s commission while we live on earth is found in Luke 4:18. “The Spirit of God is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed: to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” This comes from Isaiah 61:1, which was Jesus’ commission. If it was His commission while on earth, it is ours also. We are to be His mouthpiece in this world.
How we carry it out in our life depends on the specific gifts God has given to each one of us. I will have a blog on that subject in the future.
What should be the reason that we want to tell others? Because we are COMMANDED by God in Matthew 28:19-20 and, to “Go…make disciples…baptizing and teaching them…” (compare Mark 16:15).
In 2 Corinthians 9, God has 3 principles about giving. In this chapter, it is written about giving money to help others, but I believe it is just as applicable to apply these thoughts to giving our time and energy to the Lord to enlarge His kingdom:
1. GIVE YOUR ENTIRE BEING TO SERVING GOD–How we sow our seed is how we will reap! 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, God says, “…He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So, let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
In this chapter, God outlines how we can benefit from an “overflow blessing” from Him IF His conditions are met. In this, we must give from our heart or inner being with a predetermined plan that is done voluntarily, not compulsively or because of legalism.
In Luke 6:38 God speaks to us, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (compare Proverbs 3:9; 22:9; 28:27; Psalm 112:9; Malachi 3:8-11).
2. REMEMBER WHERE YOUR POWER COMES FROM—not from our gifts that God has given to us, but from Him, who is the giver Himself! “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work…” (2 Cor. 9:8-9).
God tells us in John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Power comes from abiding in Jesus!
(compare Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 24b; Proverbs 11:24-25, 30; 12:2; Matthew 5:3-16).
Remember our works we do for God will be tested by fire in the day of judgment. What was energized by the Holy Spirit will last and be refined as pure as gold. What we do in our own thinking and energy will be burned up and will not last. Make sure your ministry is empowered by the Holy Spirit and not your own thinking. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)
3. OUR UNSELFISH SERVICE TO GOD WILL BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME. (2 Cor. 9:10-12)
Since God is the supplier of the seed, we need to ask Him to “supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” Fruits of righteousness are God’s temporal and eternal blessings to a cheerful giver, not that we may use them selfishly, but that we may meet the needs of others with what He supplies. (compare Hosea 10:12; 1 Chronicles 4:10; Isaiah 55:10-11)
Our telling others about God will bring glory to His name. The people being blessed and the people watching will both glorify God. In John 15:4-8, God explains how abiding in Him brings more fruit. Also, “By this is my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so, you will be my disciples.” (verse 8)
Being UNSELFISH and GLORIFYING GOD should be foremost in our life!