© by Joyce C. Lock
Have you ever dreamed of being such a wonderful person and devoted servant of Christ that: your heart overflowed with love toward you fellow man; others could truly see Christ in you; it would be a joy being upon your presence; people would come to you seeking Godly wisdom (their ears falling upon your every word); the moment you entered a room the atmosphere would suddenly change; whenever your mouth opened, the most humble words would flow; in your speech would come words of comfort, healing, and direction; you’d be able to know the needs of both those near and across the way; you could actually hear the voice of God direct and help you in reaching out to others, as if He were doing it himself; you could leave any situation and hear Him saying, “Well done?”
We’ve all probably thought, “That could never be me!” But scripture says it can ... that when we walk with God - we never walk alone, to open our mouths wide and let Him fill it, to encourage one another daily, and to follow Him.
You don’t have to do anything special to qualify... just come as you are, “Follow me, and I will make you fisher’s of men” (Mt. 4:18, Mk. 1:17). To follow is to listen for His voice and then to obey it (no matter how great or small). Then, it’s Jesus’ responsibility to do the rest (I Th. 5:24.) It’s that simple. All He needs is a willing heart.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.