WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT OF ME?
Today’s Bible Reading:
John 16, 17, 18
In John 16:13, you will read that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth.” This truth includes blessings and responsibilities.
It’s all part of growing up spiritually. In the natural, a child has few responsibilities. But as he matures, he should assume more responsibilities. Let’s review some spiritual responsibilities.
Make Christ the Master
To express their loyalty to Jesus when He was living on earth, His disciples often called Him “Lord” or “Master.” Jesus accepted this position and said “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
As a believer, you now belong to Christ. You did belong to Satan, but Christ bought you with His blood. When we realize how much Jesus has done for us, how He died for us, how He saved us from hell, we are glad for opportunities to show our love for Him by obeying Him.
Put Christ First in Your Life
Cultivate a sense of Christs’ presence. Talk to Him in prayer-at definite times, such as in the morning and before going to bed and throughout the day. When reading the Bible, think of it as Jesus talking to you. Make Jesus the center of your life.
Give Christ Your Time
To mature as a Christian, be sure to attend church regularly, and get involved in church activities as well. Also, establish a time for private devotions (Bible reading, prayer, etc.) and for family devotions if you have a family. All this takes time, but it will be worth it!
Give Christ Your Abilities
Everyone can do something. If you have special talents, dedicate them to the Lord’s work. You may want to take training to develop some latent ability. Besides the jobs which call for special talent, there are many other tasks where you can help. Your pastor and other church leaders will be delighted to have you as a volunteer. Here is a suggestion I’ve found helpful: promise the Lord you will try to do anything you are asked to do.
Give Christ Your Material Possessions.
Everything you possess is from the Lord. Since He owns it all anyway, you can’t really “give” it to Him; however, by tithing-giving a tenth of your income to church- you will help spread the gospel at home and in foreign nations. While that may sound like a lot, be assured that God will meet your needs as you are faithful to Him.
Become a Member of a Church
You belong to a new family- the people of God. Show you belong to the family by joining a Bible-believing church. It will give you an increased sense of belonging and will provide an opportunity to help others. Through your church and it’s ministries, you can reach to the ends of the earth. You will find your church ministering to your own needs too.
Tell Others of Your Faith
Someone told you about Christ, probably, or you would not be a Christian today. Christ commanded His disciples to tell others (Matthew 28:18-20). As you witness at every opportunity you will become more effective, Next to your salvation, your greatest thrill will be leading someone else to Christ. Talk to someone about Him every day.
Bible Study For Today
Why was it necessary for Jesus to go away?
Tell two things the Holy Spirit will do.
What will we have in the world?
What is Jesus doing for us?
What did Pilate say of Jesus?
Good verses to memorize
John 16:24, 16:33, 17:3, 17:15