Being a follower of The Lord Jesus Christ, or a Christian, is not an easy life. If you truly pick up your Cross and follow Him, you must die to yourself and leave the things of this world behind. When someone is Born Again there should be fruit as the Bible calls it, or radical transformation. The desires of their hearts will change along with what they do with their lives.
Sometimes the flesh rises up and old thinking habits return for us. I know in my life I have always struggled with comparing myself to others and always coming up short. I didn’t know any better then and it cost me years of disappointments. This is because we are not the same. Every human being was created by The Lord God Almighty for His own unique calling on their lives. When we come to Christ and receive The Holy Spirit, we are given gifts of The Holy Spirit and our lives show that we have The Holy Spirit, that we are Christ’s. The Bible calls the changes fruits. This is because we are like trees. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Apart from Jesus, or The Vine, we can do nothing. However, once we are Baptized with water and with Fire, as anointed vessels or Disciples, we go forth and live out the full Gospel. So many churches aren’t teaching the full Gospel, but this is so important. This is how we live as Jesus’ Disciples.
Mark 16:16-18 (KJV)
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
I know even today when my old thinking patterns rise up, I begin to compare myself to my Brothers and Sisters in The Lord. I look at how amazing their service is for Jesus. I watch how much they do for Jesus and the great impact it has upon the world. Then I think to myself of how I fall so short. This is when The Holy Spirit of God ministers to me, reminding me that we are all different in The Body of Christ. Jesus is The Head and we are The Body. Some of us are operating on the front lines dealing mores o with the Public street preaching, handing out tracts, making YouTube Videos etc… Some of God’s Children may be working more behind the scenes interceding for others, the world, and whatever The Lord puts on their hearts. So even though not everyone is working out in the public eye, every ministry and the gifts are equally important within each Christian. In my case, I have felt terrible because I have been dealing with a lot of demonic oppression and I am still being delivered so I can’t get out much. I am not well spiritually right now. I stay up late to deal with attacks and all. My heart is burning to reach out to people to heal the sick for example. I see so many people hurting on just trips to the grocery or in restaurants or whatever. I see braces, Diabetic shoes, crutches, wheelchairs, so much. I know I have the Power of The Holy Spirit within me to help them as a willing vessel, but now is just not the time in my life for this.
I am right where Jesus wants me. My prayers touch the heart of God and Jesus my High Priest. I see them answered and sometimes so quickly It’s amazing. The lives of people are changed and wonderful things happen. God is Awesome. He does not want you to feel insignificant and certainly not unworthy. It’s not our righteousness. It’s The Righteousness of Jesus that covers us and we are saved by Grace through Faith and in Him alone. Not by works. When we serve the Lord with our gifts and callings, we are bearing fruit. We love others because Jesus LOVED and LOVES us! He loves you! He wants us to share that love! The Holy Spirit inside of us rises up in joy with the Love of Christ and we just HAVE to give it away! So you see, it’s all fruit, not works. We do things out of love, they just blossom. We do things led by The Holy Spirit. When Jesus touches you, you will never, ever be the same. Your life becomes a FIRE that will spread and light up the lives of others. So come on…shine with me! 🙂