Set Free To Serve – Part 7

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).

The banyan tree which grows in the tropics which has height, spread, and thickness of trunk make it a glorious tree in terms of shade and beauty. Its branches reach out and down to the ground. Whenever the tips of the branches touch the earth, it takes root and a new tree begins to grow.

Is your life spreading and multiplying itself in the lives of others—like the banyan? Are you sharing the love of God with friends, family members, and co-workers? God has given the Great Commission to make Him known—to bring men, women, and children to a saving knowledge of Him. Jesus brings healing, forgiveness, and deliverance. His acceptance is unconditional.

Jesus told the disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener” (John 15:1). Without abiding in Christ, you cannot be fruitful. Jesus says, “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).

You must abide in Christ. You become one with Christ when you seek and follow His purpose for Your life—adopting His perspective as your own. Are you abiding in Christ today?

Dr Michael Youssef

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for the times when I have not remained in You—forging my own way rather than abiding in You, bearing fruit for You. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Your guidance. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Set Free To Serve – Part 8

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

As amazing as it may seem, it is not unusual to find people doing all kinds of unnecessary “work” in the church. Maybe they are trying to reach a level of acceptance in God’s eyes or seeking to please another person. Striving to gain the approval of others is stressful at best. Trying to gain God’s approval is useless. This is because God has already placed His stamp of approval on your life and nothing you do can cause Him to love you more than He does right now.

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you gain everything there is to gain of God’s love. Even before you were created in your mother’s womb, God loved you fully and completely. This world has nothing of lasting value to offer us. All of our striving and rushing to gain approval results in only one thing: emptiness of heart and soul.

Satan’s greatest folly is to tempt us into believing that through our good works or our smart appearance someone will love us more. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Don’t allow the enemy to entice you into believing you are unacceptable. God accepts you just the way you are. All He longs for you to do is to love Him with a whole heart. When you truly understand your acceptance in Christ and experience the everlasting love of God, you will obey the Lord as an expression of your love. You have been set apart to serve Him, the Most High God.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for loving me even when I act unlovable. Forgive me for the times when I turn away from You. Help me to surrender my life to You daily. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.