What Should Christians Be Doing?
by Paul Vanderstar
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“What Should Christians Be Doing?"
A challenge was recently issued by the owner of a well known Christian web site of what should we as Christians be doing?
In addition to our personal walk with God, the desire to immerse ourselves in His word and our responsibility to keep ourselves accountable and growing in knowledge of scripture, I feel Christians should as true believers seek to do the perfect will of our Father in Heaven.
As a believer we experience gradual changes in our lives as we walk with God. We start to put off the “old us” and put on the new as we grow in that walk. Part of putting on the new, we start to feel compelled to do good works as a result of the Holy Spirit working within us through our faith in God.
I believe that although the Holy Spirit works differently in each of us, eventually as we do change and doing God’s will and pleasing Him become centered in our daily lives, we will all feel compelled as Christians, to do the will of God. Our desire to do his will may start with changes in our lives in small steps perhaps witnessing to loved ones, or come instantly to us and lights our soul on fire to help every man, woman & child we can.
As a newly reborn brother in Jesus, I can feel God pulling me, calling me to His service in ways that will advance His kingdom. I feel particularly compelled to work with those who are in dire need of a friend. These people I feel called to help are prisoners and the homeless in America, elderly and infirmed, particularly in my home state but look across the ocean and our borders as well. Ive learned this through prayer with an emphasis on what my heart tells me to do. My heart reaches out to those less fortunate. I always have felt badly for those people before I received Jesus. Now I feel compelled to help them rather than just pity them.
Knowing I have a responsibility to witness as a Christian is half the battle. Knowing when to step in and listen to my heart is almost the remainder of the battle. The easiest part of this question on what to do as a Christian is find our where can I gain opportunity to do just that? Witness!
I started recently by looking into my church and the services they offer. Examples to look for within your own Church:
· Any ministries the church offers, those that are in need of people to support it through volunteer work? Most churches ive researched locally are involved in community programs to help those in need on volunteer basis.
· Soup kitchens or programs sponsored by the church that help those less fortunate than ourselves?
· Organizations or alliances that form programs to plant churches overseas or right here inside our own border of America?
· The homeless crisis in this country is astounding. There are many programs both within church organizations and state sponsored that offer opportunities to share and help others, also offering comfort in salvation and opportunity to witness and be a friendly face. Even if you can only offer one day a month this would be rewarding to both you and would help lift many.
· Check into volunteering in a hospital or similar institution.
After a simple search on my church website, I was happy to report a broad array of services and ministries that help those in need from the homeless in local soup kitchens to those incarcerated in local and state prisons.
Programs are out there that allow close contact with those in need, that will allow the average Christian access to those in need of God’s work most. Those in need of a friend who cares enough about them to take time out of our blessed lives to share the good news and lead as Christ called us to lead and bring forth the gospel, or just to spend time with them.
I am actively interviewing to enter one of these ministries, and will be happy to work the soup kitchen or the prison ministry. I will feel blessed just to bring the Good News to anyone willing to hear it; I will also be happy to bring it to those who don’t. I will answer God’s call humbly, because I am like those I must try to share the Good News with.
We are all sinners and need that gap bridged through Jesus Christ.
This doesn’t mean we need to go in like gangbusters into a church sponsored program and preach, preach, preach. We are called to witness responsibly. Get to know those whom you offer your services to. Never judge. Let that relationship build and lead by example. Identify with the program or person you are talking to and let them into your life.
My firm belief is that we lead by example. Don’t preach at people, you will never gain an audience. Sharing the gospel is not strong-arming those who do not believe. The moment you condemn another is the moment you condemn yourself. Be a listener. Be a friend. The rest will follow in all aspects of your life. Your life will be a living testimony to the power of Christ working in your life.
James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
Let your heart convict you as to what you can do as a Christian. Circumstances prevent us sometimes from contributing to His Heavenly Kingdom, trust that God will call you to his service according to what you can do!
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