Friday, May 6, 2005/lk
by Pastor Nick Paulakis
Are you being used by God to further His Kingdom?
Let's start with the basics. In order to be used by God, you must be one of God's children, which means there has to have been a point in your life when you realized that you were a sinner and that you were headed for a lost eternity and that you needed to be rescued because you could not save yourself.
When we understand that we are helpless to save ourselves we must call on Jesus Christ to save us. He alone can save us. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. When we ask Jesus Christ to save us, not only does He rescue us, but He makes us a child of God and He gives us a new life. God fills us with hope, love and purpose and now as we let Him, God can start using us in ways that we never thought of. God wants to use you to touch those around you, to be the hands and feet of God. God may want to use you to do something simple like call or write someone who is hurting so that you can encourage them. Maybe fix a meal, give a ride and mow a lawn, who knows what wonderful thing God can turn your kindness into. Jesus tells us that even giving a cup of cold water in His Name can turn into a blessing not only for the receiver but also for you.
With so many needs all around us take the opportunity to ease the pain of someone this week. This may not be easy at first but sometimes we have to leave our comfort zone and let God use you.
As you open your heart up to Jesus, lives can be changed forever.
Allow the Love of Jesus to shine through you.
- Nick Paulakis is the pastor of the Sunnyside Calvary Baptist Church