Tuesday, April 17, 2012

why we do WHAT we do


But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.

It seemed like a normal day.  Yes, I got up way early to walk and to read my Bible.  As I finished walking and was headed home, I got this message:

You may not know me personally but you did the funeral for a man a few years ago and at that funeral you said the only way to see him or any other believer again was to accept CHRIST! Those words were heavy on my heart so I gave my heart and life to CHRIST that week. So I just want to say thank you for planting that seed in me it changed my life forever!! THANK YOU for being a man of and in GOD!!! GOD BLESS!!

This note that came through Facebook touched me.  The dude and I are friends, but I had no idea.  That funeral was 7 or 8 years ago.  What a powerful word that was.

We never know the people we will impact.  I believe people will come up to us in heaven and let us know how we blessed their lives.  Similar to what is shared in Ray Bolts’ song “Thank You” will be said over and over and over again.

This is why we serve God.  It is not for what I get.  It is about what I can give, and the biggest thing I can give to others is Jesus.  He is the savior and sustainer of life.  He takes people further than I can take them on my own.  Pointing people to Jesus, I believe, is the most important thing we will ever do.

Why do we do what we do?  Do we do it to be recognized?  Do we do it or give stuff just to feel good about ourselves?  If those things are true, STOP.

Live it out loud.  Share what will last.  One day, either on earth but most likely in heaven, we will know the impact we’ve had through our lives.  We just have to remember; it’s not about us but about Jesus.  That’s why we do what we do!

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

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