When we come to Jesus Christ, we are given a gift: the freedom to choose. We are free from the chains of sin and death, and we are free to serve Him.
But what does it mean to serve Christ in freedom?
It means that we have the choice to love Him and obey Him, not because we are forced to, but because we want to. It means that we can choose to serve Him with our whole hearts, our whole minds, our whole bodies, and our whole souls.
In 1 Peter 2:16, it tells us that we are to “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God”.
This is a freedom that is not allotted to everyone in the world. In many countries, Christians are persecuted for their faith. They are denied the right to worship freely, and they are often subjected to violence and discrimination.
But even in countries where Christianity is not persecuted, many Christians take their freedom for granted. They forget that they have the choice to serve Christ, and they choose to live their lives as if He didn’t matter.
This is a tragedy. When we take our freedom for granted, we are not only disrespecting God, but we are also missing out on the joy and blessing of serving Him.
If we have truly come to know Jesus Christ, then we should be eager to serve Him. We should want to share His love with others and make a difference in the world for Him.
But if we are not serving Christ with our whole hearts, then we need to ask ourselves why.
If we are honest with ourselves, we will probably realize that it is a combination of all of these factors. But the good news is that we can choose to change.
Choose to use your freedom to Glorify God and to make a difference in the world.
If we do this, we will experience the true freedom that comes from serving God. We will be free from the bondage of sin and death, and we will be free to live our lives to the fullest.
The choice is yours.
As the choice is truly up to each individual to serve God and Accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior: it is important to remember that Jesus sacrificed His life for us. He was crucified for our sins and died a very painful death as a sinless man. But this act, for those that believe He rose again and ascended into Heaven; wasn’t for His salvation, but ours.
It was His Love and Gift to us, so that we may have a “choice” to turn away from the sinful ways of the world and follow His leadership with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
So ETERNAL LIFE will be ours ♥
So, we can honor and glorify Him by sharing the gospel with others.
The greatest gift that you can give to someone is the gift of the gospel. Tell others about Jesus Christ and His love for them. Use your gifts and talents to serve others.
God has given you unique gifts and talents. Use them to serve others in His name. Find ways to get involved and use your gifts to help others in your church grow in their faith.
Support missions. There are missionaries all over the world who are sharing the gospel and helping others in need. Support them with your prayers and your financial gifts.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-22 is an excellent chapter to exit with, as Apostle Paul teaches the Thessalonians about Christian Living and end times. The following is from one of the online Bible sites that I like to use when studying, writing, etc.
The Day of the Lord
1. Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you. 2. For you are fully aware that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3. While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4. But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. 5. For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
6. So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. 7. For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.
9. For God has not appointed us to suffer wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. 11. Therefore encourage and build one another up, just as you are already doing.
12. But we ask you, brothers, to acknowledge those who work diligently among you, who preside over you in the Lord and give you instruction. 13. In love, hold them in the highest regard because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
14. And we urge you, brothers, to admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.
15. Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people. 16. Rejoice at all times. 17. Pray without ceasing. 18. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19. Do not extinguish the Spirit. 20. Do not treat prophecies with contempt, 21. but test all things. Hold fast to what is good. 22. Abstain from every form of evil.
I pray WE ALL will be ready and have ‘CHOSEN’ TO FOLLOW CHRIST fully in service, with honor, and with praises ♥
So that day, we all will hear “Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant“
~Stay Safe-Stay Encouraged-Stay Blessed~
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