All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
Thoughts for Today
God's Word teaches us right from wrong, helps us develop godly character and helps us know God better and develop a deeper relationship with Him. It also equips us to reach out to others and do good works.
Contrary to the world's mandate to do your own thing and "look out for #1," God wants us to reach out with His love and do good works. Sometimes we might feel as though we are too busy, too shy, too involved with our own circumstances, don't want to get involved … but God's Word teaches and equips us to do good works.
Consider this …
Are you putting God's Word into action by doing good works? If you are not already doing so, begin praying each day that God will bring someone into your path to bless. And then be ready to follow through when He gives you the opportunity!
God may call you to do good works through your church or another ministry, for a neighbor, a friend or even a stranger. Sometimes it might be as simple as helping a neighbor carry in groceries or being kind to a harassed server in a restaurant. Other times you might be helping in a much more involved way. As you continue to spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word, you will be equipped to do all God calls you to do. You will be equipped to do every good work.
Father, help me follow Jesus' example and reach out to others with your love, doing every good work. Help me not to be so involved in myself and my circumstances that I fail to be sensitive to others and to help them. I thank you that your Word equips me to do these good works. Help me to be faithful to do all you are calling me to do. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Authentic Living in an Artificial World by Dr. Mike Chapman. This 45-minute group study gives understanding about what it means to be real. The facilitator's guide includes reproducible group member study sheets and an audio CD designed to help facilitators prepare for each session. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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