Lessons - Devotional - "Mercy"

Col 3:17 - And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Col 3:23 - And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

I Cor 10:31 - Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

You think Paul might be trying to tell us something?
Whatever you do, do for Jesus.

There are many things you’re gonna do in life, why not do them for the Lord instead of for yourself?

1) You’re gonna spend your money on something.
You can spend it on yourself and get very brief satisfaction from material goods that usually start off as a distraction to spiritual things, and almost always becomes unused clutter.
Or you could spend it for God and be a blessing to others, help spread the gospel, and store up treasures for yourself in heaven that will never fade

2) You’re gonna spend your time & effort on something
When before God at Judgment Day, and called to give an account of your life and what you did with the time & resources afforded you, do you want your answer to be that you…
Became the best bowler in your league? Got promoted to manager at your job? Had the best-looking house & yard in the neighborhood?
Those things aren’t bad necessarily, but they aren’t the answer you want to give as to what you spent the bulk of your time & attention on.
How about rather be able to respond that you were diligent to feed the hungry, visit the sick, and spread the gospel?

Another thing that is gonna happen..
3) You’re gonna be wronged by others
Will it be because you were inconsiderate to others because you were only concerned with what you want?
Or will it be because you love Christ and the world hates you for it?

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

4) You’re gonna live and you’re gonna die
Most people in the world hope to live a life of pleasure and die peacefully.
Is that how Christ lived & died? How about his apostles? How about the majority of 1st Century Christians?
Ask yourself honestly, what you prefer? Indulge self or deny self? Chasing pleasure or overcoming persecution for your faith? Die seeking self or die for Christ?

Those who live by sight want pleasure & comfort.
What about those who live by faith?
Heb 11:24 - By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

What is this reward based upon? From start to finish, the NT answers that:
Matthew 16:27 - For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Rev 22:12 - And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

Since it will be according to your works, what do you want “your works” to include? A long list of pleasure-seeking and comfort-seeking actions, or of devotion to the one who gives the rewards?
You can only live once, and die once. You won’t be able to go back and change it later, so you must decide now. Will you live for yourself or for Christ?
Luke 9:24 - For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

What is the common thread in all these examples?
-What you do for yourself, amounts to nothing and is wasted
-What you do for God, will be greatly rewarded for eternity

If you need to make a change in your life according to God’s Word, please come forward now to make your need known, while we stand and sing the invitation song.