Sunday, August 9th, 2015
All Things (Part 23, Conclusion)
Work Together For Good
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
God brings good out of bad. Even bad governments, rules we don't like, gross unfairness, persecution, imprisonments, end-times terrors, entertainment, waiting on roles, suffering loss, immorality and our own trials. With two prerequisites:
#1) We must love God. With all of our hearts and our souls and our strength and our minds. Words without proof won't do it. Nor will our faith without works. So what's the proof of our love? Consider this evidence: love your neighbor as yourself. It's love without indictment.
We must not worship idols. If we love what the world loves, then we're not living like Christ. We must not pursue money, possessions or prideful things. We must not measure our success by the standards of men.
#2) We must serve Him. If we are those who are called according to His purpose, then we are truly actors, models and talent for Christ. His purpose is the best news. We are called to act it out: to model ourselves by Him, to multiply His talents, to help our poorest brethren.
We must be about His work. If we seek what the world loves, then we're not working like Christ. We pursue the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We must measure our success by His stance at Calvary.
When we rise up and reach out in love and humility, then we will win in all things. He set us up to triumph.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.