Saturday Sermon: One will do best at something he is well suited for
When a person comes into God's Kingdom through faith in Christ, he should be made aware of the obligations of a disciple. Sometimes, in the eagerness to convert a nonbeliever, those obligations are not pointed out.
Jesus taught that His followers should engage in good works. From Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Again, in John 15:8, "Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."
The good news is that good works need not be a burden but can bring purpose, fulfillment and pleasure. One of the great satisfactions in life is that of achievement - making a difference that we have lived.
It is important to note that one will do best at something he is well suited for. He does not have to take a work that someone tries to put on him. Several years ago at a religious seminar, a woman spoke of her pleasure doing research.
Later, she gained employment doing research for some company, and she learned to hate it because she had to do research on subjects not of her choosing. God has given us such a number of options that everyone should be able to find his special calling.
Here are a few ideas: teaching, preaching, visiting jails and hospitals, benevolent work with poor and disabled, evangelism, writing, distributing tracts, hosting home Bible studies, starting mission Sunday schools, counseling, hospice volunteer, political action, music, sponsor seminars and/or retreats, lend religious books and so on.
I suspect that little emphasis has been placed on good works because some might take that as a means of earning his way into heaven. D.T. Niles has observed that in all other religions, good works are: "in order to."
In Christianity, they are a "therefore." The highest calling one can take would have to be evangelism. There is no greater joy than that of knowing that you have contributed to turning someone's life around to see a life that was destructive become productive. To see a person become happy and fulfilled.
We can also help others get involved. Hebrews 10:24 says, "Let us spur one another on toward love and good deeds."
We salute those among us who are already helping bring in the kingdom of God. Much of the time, their work goes unnoticed or unappreciated, yet they keep doing the Lord's will and people in need are having their needs met. If every Christian did his part, we wouldn't need the welfare state.
In Raymond Moody's book "Life After Life," one of the near-death experiences was that of a person who "died" on the operating table. That person had the experience of sighting the heavenly city.
As he approached he was met by a being who asked him, "What have you done with your life?" How will we answer that question when our time comes?
Raymond Smith is an area minister.