Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children start their new school year, may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they don’t have to face it alone.
In Jesus’ name,
God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. Max Lucado
What if, for one day, Jesus were to become you? What if, for 24 hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule? Your boss becomes His boss, your mother becomes His mother, your pains become His pains. With one exception, nothing about your life changes. Only one change—Jesus lives your life with His heart for 24 hours.
Your heart gets the day off, and your life is led by the heart of Christ. His priorities govern your actions. His passions drive your decisions. His love directs your behaviour.
What would you be like? Would people notice a change? Family, co-workers, friends—would you treat them the same, would they detect more joy? Would your enemies receive more mercy from Christ’s heart than yours? How do you feel? Stress levels, mood swings, temper, sleep, any different?
Would you still do what you had planned for the next 24 hours?
Ephesians 4:23-24 says “you were taught to be made new in your hearts, to become a new person. That new person is made to be like God—made to be truly good and holy”.
God wants us to be just like Jesus and have a heart like His.
It is His invitation, shall we accept His offer?
Are you willing to let God have His way in changing you from the inside out into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ?
Serving—Ephesians 2:10 TLB
”God . . . has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10 TLB).
God did not put us on Earth just to live for ourselves. He wants us to make the world a better place!
Just as Ephesians says we should spend our lives helping others. There’s a word for this: ministry. Every Christian is a minister. Not every Christian is a pastor, but every Christian is to be a minister. That means you use your talents and gifts to make a contribution in life, to be a giver, not a taker.
The Bible uses these kinds of phrases 58 times: “Love one another.” “Care for one another.” “Pray for one another.” “Encourage one another.” “Help one another.” “Counsel one another.” “Support one another.” And on and on the list goes. It is the mutual ministry of every believer in the family of God to every other believer in the family of God. That’s the way God meant for it to be.
The truth is, serving God by serving others is not always easy. Sometimes we are going to get discouraged. So what do we do when we start to get discouraged? We remember two things.
First, we remember that we’re going to receive a reward that’s going to go on for eternity. The Bible says that God “will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers” (Hebrews 6:10 NLT). We are going to be rewarded in heaven.
Second, we remember that God uses every little thing. Nothing is insignificant when you serve God. None of it is in vain. “Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58 GNT).
Lord and God of this Great South Land, today we thank You for this ancient, harsh but beautiful country. We thank You that You are God of the outback and of the cities. Thank You for blessing Australia with rich resources, prosperity, for freedom of worship, sound government & a quality of life that enables us to enjoy it. We pray for Holy Spirit to move your people to rise up and testify to your goodness so that all Australians would hear the good news of the Gospel and turn to You.
We thank you for the privilege it is to live in Australia, may we never take it for granted, but live in appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us and opportunities before us. We thank you for our family and friends, for our health, Your provisions each day. Thank you for the plans You have for us and for the confidence we have in knowing Your Spirit is always with us. Thank for the challenges and difficulties and your presence that sustains us. We thank you for all our blessings, but most of all we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ and His saving grace.