“Living for Christ”
Sometimes I wish you could peek inside my heart and sense the anguish I feel for those who are just nominal in their approach to the Christian life. I am thinking of those who read their Bible now and then, attend church if it is convenient and pray only when they need God’s help. Then I think, “If my heart is so heavy, what about the heart of Jesus who died in our place on the cross?”
How is it possible to say that I am a Christian and yet not fellowship with His people, cherish His Word or talk to Him on a regular basis?
Listen to the writer of Hebrews 10:24-25:
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.”
Charles Stanley is a bit older than me and this is what he wrote — “It is crucial for believers to gather for corporate worship, instruction, encouragement and service. God simply did not design us to “go it alone” in our Christian faith or grow in isolation. Our participation in a local church not only protects our personal fellowship with the LORD, but it is a vital aspect to how He matures us and transforms us into His image.” (I could have said it but he is older than me so what He says carries more weight.)
I love what the Apostle Paul has to say about spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, and elsewhere. Basically, he is saying that each of us has been uniquely gifted for the benefit of others and the entire church. Another way of putting it is we need each other if we are going to flourish in our faith and daily living.
Each of us using the spiritual gift the Holy Spirit has given us, is to use that gift to help mature the other members of Christ’s church. What would the church really be like if each of us served the others in the same way?
John 12:32, He said, “And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all the peoples to myself.” (I know He was referring to His death on a cross, but we lift Him up in our lives when we serve Him and others the way He has wired us.)
• Be at peace with one another. Mark 9:50
• Wash one another’s feet. John 13:4 (Speaks of humility.)
• Love one another. John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17, Romans 13:8
• Be devoted to one another. Romans 12:10
• Give preference to one another. Romans 12:10
• Be of the same mind toward one another. Romans 12:16; 15:5
• Therefore, let us not judge one another. Romans 14:13
• Build up one another. Romans 14:19
• Accept one another. Romans 15:7
• Admonish one another. Romans 15:14
• Greet one another with a holy kiss. Romans 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20
• Wait for one another. 1 Corinthians 11:33
• Through love, serve one another. Galatians 5:13
• Bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2
• Show tolerance for one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
• Speak truth, each one with his neighbor. Ephesians 4:25
• Be kind to one another. Ephesians 4:32
• Speak to one another in Psalms & hymns & spiritual songs. Eph. 5:19
• Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:21
• Regard one another as more important than yourself. Philippians 2:3
• Do not lie to one another. Colossians 3:9
• Bearing with one another, forgiving one another. Colossians 3:13
• Abound in love for one another. 1 Thessalonians 3:12
• Therefore encourage one another & build one another up. 1 Thes.5:11
• Live in peace with one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:13b
• Always seek that which is good for one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:15
• Consider how to stimulate one another to love & do good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
• Do not speak against another. James 4:11
• Do not complain against one another. James 5:9
• Confess your sins to one another & pray for one another. James 5:16
• Fervently love one another from your heart. 1 Peter 1:22
• Be hospitable to one another. 1 Peter 4:9
• As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another. 1 Peter 4:10
• Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. 1 Peter 5:5
• Have fellowship with one another. 1 John 1:7
• Over and over we are instructed to love one another. 1 John 3:11; 23; 4:7, 11-
12; 2 John 1:5
Folks, these “one another” statements are not suggestions. They are commands from the Holy Spirit through men whose lives were transformed.
I want you to pause and reflect on these statements and ask yourself several questions:
1. What would my own life be like if I used my spiritual gift in this way?
2. What would Ventura Jubilee Fellowship be like if each of us used our spiritual giftedness this way, with each other?
3. What kind of an impact would VJF have on the community if we lifted Jesus up in these ways?
4. What difference would it make with our LORD if we loved each other in these ways?
“Lord Jesus Christ, I want my life to be pleasing to you and pleasant to others.
Precious Holy Spirit work in me and through me to be all that you have chosen me to