It’s a rainy Tuesday afternoon. The view out my present window is more than pleasant. It’s a gift. I am grateful.
I have some thoughts I recorded on Sunday. They are still strolling around in there. So, I am here to share – I think.
The initiator of this line of thinking was a few words from a sermon I heard – basically the premise was we need to work to build the Kingdom of GOD. That I can agree with.
And even as I do I am mindful that Folks could ask, how.
Sermons often tell us to serve; some sermons even suggest we serve in the nursery, take cupcakes to a neighbor, and the like.
I agree with that too. But does not GOD expect more?
I think He does.
Let me tell you what came to mind that we might consider service in The Kingdom of GOD.
Let us go to Galatians 5:22-23.
I am confident you know the passage.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. source
When I choose to love instead of hate that just might be Kingdom Work.
When I choose to refuse to give up on joy when devastation is beating down my door.
When I choose to remain in peace when war is raging all around and I actually want to join up.
When I choose to let it go when I have been wronged again by a brother or sister; when I avenge not but leave that to Father, while I pray for Him to bless them.
When I choose to be kind, doing what is helpful and needful even when a brother or sister has actually maligned me.
When I choose goodness, to do it and see it when that is not what I want to do or see.
When I want to let it slide just this once but instead I choose to be faithful.
When I choose to keep choosing faithful obedience to Thus Said The LORD especially when NO ONE is looking.
When I choose to respond gently even though I want to go in with words flying and sword-wielding.
When I choose to tell my flesh, my wants, myself, NO. Saying to myself, I shall obey Holy Spirit.
This I believe is how we serve GOD.
Day by day.
Obedient Choice after Obedient Choice.
Working in the nursery and baking cupcakes may be included.