What’s Really Important In Life
Church is a group of passionate people on a mission. The ultimate purpose of our life is to make a difference in the lives of others. Someone once said, “a life not lived for others is not a life.” By giving ourselves away, we find out what life is really about.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 says,
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.”
We are people on a mission! Loving God and loving people are what Christianity is all about. Go out there and make a difference!
Titus 1:16 says, “Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”
This was a revolutionary teaching in Titus’ days. The book of Titus goes on to say, “Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good,” (Titus 3:1).
“This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone,” (Titus 3:8), “Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive,” (Titus 3:14).
1) Why should I do good?
This should not be an obligation. Doing good is God’s destiny for us. This is our life, this is our calling. This is not difficult to do. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago,” (Ephesians 2:10).
God took some time to shape us as we are. We all have a spiritual gift, talent, or ability. We are no accident. We are here on purpose, in order to do good works. We are the hands and feet of Jesus everywhere we go. We are His workers. We are His ambassadors.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says,
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
2) Where should I do good?
We do good inside and outside of the Church, that is wherever we are. Do good deeds at home, school, work, etc.
In Acts 3, there is a story about a lame man who sat outside the temple every day, begging from the temple goers. Peter and John, Jesus’ disciples, saw this man begging and approached him. Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you, but I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6). Instantly, the lame man was healed.
Sometimes, there is much more we can give people than money. Peter helped this lame man walk. Our destiny is to do good in Jesus’ name. Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a man who built hospitals in Africa, said, “Keep your eyes opened for the little tasks, because it’s the little, kind tasks that are important to Jesus.”
Hurry is the enemy of love and good works. Let’s slow down a bit. Let’s think about others.
1 Corinthians 10:24 says, “Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” This is your mission. This is the “why” of Christianity.
3) How should I do good?
As Christians, the Bible says that part of God lives in us. The Holy Spirit lives in us to give directions, promptings, nudges, to reveal God’s will to us, etc.…
Be engaged in doing good according to how the Holy Spirit leads you! Don’t make it too spiritual, or too fancy. “You have been treated generously, so live generously,” (Matt 10:8 MSG).
Let’s show God’s love to other people!
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on February 24, 2019 at New Life Christian Church