Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2015 January 19

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him... And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men"
(Colossians 3:17, 23)

Today's Morsel:  Last month, our midweek Bible lesson was on,  "Being a Christian Influence."  And as we were discussing the final lesson, I discussed three ways to model influence.  They were  (1) Never lose your identity in the crowd, (2) Always display a servant's attitude, and (3) Do everything to the glory of the Lord.  I told the church that someone had accused my wife of being an overachiever.  Yet how can that be.  I asked them, shouldn't every Christian be an "overachiever" in what they do since we are to be witnesses for Christ?  Shouldn't we all be giving our very best, since we are supposed to be witnesses for Him?  Aren't we supposed to be doing everything as unto the Lord and for His glory?  I told them, I wonder what would happen if every spouse gave their very best to their marriage.  Or every employee gave their very best to their employers.  If we as Christians would do everything to the glory of the Lord and not as unto man, giving it our very best, we might see this thing called Christianity in a different light.  "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" Jesus said (Matthew 5:16).  Become an overachiever for Jesus and influence others around you.

Sing:  To be like Jesus!  To be like Jesus!  On earth I long to be like Him.  All through life's journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.

Thought For Today:  Are you an overachiever for Christ? (Parker)

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