Am I fulfilling His good purpose?

#LoveLikeJesus #GrowCloserToGod so I can love like Jesus.

Looking for opportunities to serve and finding the time to complete that service always classes in my human mind. For example, the need for assistance is greater than my capacity to provide assistance. So, I started to pray for a vehicle that would be large enough for me to be able to help more people get what they need.  I am already exhausted so what makes me think that I should do more, or be more available for others? The need is great and Jesus never turned a person away no matter how hopeless their situation might have appeared to be.  I am reminded of the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5).

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
[Is it possible for me to be salt without reaching out to others and loving them like Jesus? I don’t think so! Do I have salvation just to ensure that I am saved, safe from eternal judgment, or preparing for that huge reward that I will receive in heaven? I don’t think so. We are all admonished to go out into the world and share the Gospel. For an introvert that is a frightening prospect. Seriously, talk to perfect strangers and tell them about how much Jesus loves me? I don’t think so – but “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure Phil 2:13). Matthew 5 continues…
 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 
So, in order for me to be light, I must allow God to work [shine through me] because this is His good pleasure. Well, I could do that just by supporting a bunch of charities, couldn’t I? [This statement is not written to place anyone on a “guilt” trip. I am writing in today’s terms so we can all see the struggle that we are engaged in and also the expectation of our Lord.]
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 
How can I be light so that I am doing God’ “good pleasure?”  In what way does my presence in a specific place change that environment? When faced with darkness do I avoid it or walk into it to be light? When hatred rears its ugly head to I attack it or love through it? When given the choice of just turning my back when social injustice is evident do I present an argument against it or sit in silence and do nothing? If I do not sit in silence and I do actually speak, type, post, are my words biting, put-downs, demonstrative of anger or am I sharing information that may shed light on the situation that led to the social injustice.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
When I speak do I speak in love, to carry out His good purpose, or do I speak to be glorified? When I read this Scripture this morning I had to think back to my words, my posts, my life, and what I am doing with it to ensure that it is lining up with God’s “good purpose.” Loving like Jesus means I have to love the person who is hateful to me.  It means that I cannot walk with the majority when opinion matter. I must walk with Scripture even if it means that I may pay a hefty price in the long run for that choice. Do my actions and my words lead others to desire a relationship with my Father? Do they lead others to want to worship Him? If they do then I am carrying out His purpose. If they don’t then I need to repent and pray for guidance and wisdom from above.  I want my life to be a life that worships HIm through my actions!
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