by Janis Cox
We know when we give our lives to Christ that we are to change. But how do we change?
First I think we realize that in order to glorify God we have to stop thinking about ourselves. That’s always the toughest one for me. To give of myself for others; not expecting gratitude; just doing things with a servant heart.
Next I think we need to follow Jesus so completely that we understand Him more and more. As we read His Word, we understand; we grow and change inside.
And last we need to spread the Good News. We need to be a Messenger of Jesus.
How can I be an effective messenger for Jesus?
Here are 5 ways I think that I have become a more effective messenger for Jesus:
- Join a Bible Study:
I join in Bible studies whenever possible. By doing a Bible study I always learn more about me and my relationship with Jesus. I gain valuable lessons listening to others and their thoughts and ideas. I also contribute my ideas and questions. And I listen to God when we pray.
- Attend church:
I attend church on a regular basis. When I worship with others I build my spirit. Singing His praises raises my appreciation for all He has done for me. Listening to the Pastor’s words helps clarify my thinking towards the spiritual.
- Go on a Mission Trip:
I took a leap of faith and joined a mission. I worked with International Messengers. Every time I went (5 times) it stretched me a little further in my faith and my growing up the way God wants me to be.
- Write your Thoughts:
I write. I journal as much as possible by writing my thoughts about Bible passages and non-fictional Christian books. (I love Oswald Chambers.) And I blog my thoughts on my website Growing Through God’s Word. I also have started to paint what I learn from His Word and have a group called Word of God Speak. Feel free to join me.
- Watch and Pay Attention:
I watch for opportunities to serve. However and wherever God wants me to serve I want to be able to do so. I don’t want to miss His opening to grow me a little more.
Are you working on being an effective Messenger for Jesus?
These are only 5 ways of becoming an effective Messenger for Jesus. What other ways can you think of?