Written by Emmie Stanley
But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary. (Philemon 14, NKJV)
Give me a choice between a volunteer who is willing and doing their best, and one that is very knowledgeable and talented, but operating under compulsion, and I will take the willing one every time! When we operate with a sense of “I have to do this,” we will generally not enjoy the journey, or do our best work.
Life in Christ is all about “the call.” There is peace in knowing that we are operating in the right place at the right time, and doing the good works He has prepared for us. Love for Him and love for those we serve become our motive. The outcome not only benefits those we serve, but manifests in our lives in joy, a wonderful sense of accomplishment, and even improved health. Remember, our relationship with Jesus is one of brothers and sisters, even friends, not slaves.
You may be experiencing a call and desire to share the love and good news of Jesus with the marginalized of our community. Connecting Streams Langley is currently offering multiple opportunities to reach out in practical ways in the Langley area. Check out the possibilities here and contact us for further information.
We would be delighted to work together with you to help win Langley for Jesus!
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:7-8 NKJV)