should our relationship and responsibility be unto God? Let us
consider: (1) that He created us in His own image.
1:26-27, And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of
the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and
over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth
upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
provided us with the physical world for our physical welfare.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Heavenly Father created us as a living eternal soul.
16:26, For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul?
Christians, how can we remain faithful to God and grow
spiritually in order that we may be well pleasing unto Him?
WE SHOULD ALLOW GOD TO TALK TO US EVERY DAY. (By
making this statement, we do not mean that the Heavenly Father
speaks directly to us from Heaven in an audible voice as a
fellow human talks to us here upon earth.)
Friends, family and associates talk with us every day.
1. They converse with us on a number of
a. It would be dreadfully lonely if
they did not!
B. Even so, we need Jehovah God to communicate with us every
It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught
of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned
of the Father, cometh unto me.
1. But how does the Heavenly
Father teach us?
a. Answer: by the
inspired Word of the Bible.
3:16-17, All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
b. Through the
Scriptures we are taught the Will of God.
2:11-12, For the grace of God that bringeth salvation
hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and
godly, in this present world;
c. We can learn through
both a personal study of the Bible and by being taught by
3:18, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for
28:18-20, And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
WE SHOULD TALK TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER EVERY DAY.
(If we went through an entire day without saying one word to
our loved ones and friends, they would think that we were angry
with them or that something else was wrong. Well, we should
pray unto our Heavenly Father every day of our life.)
5:17, Pray without ceasing.
Yes, God wants us to express our inward thoughts and
desires unto Him.
4:1-6, I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be
made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and
honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God
our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto
the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave
himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
WE SHOULD SAY SOMETHING FOR GOD EVERY DAY.
We need to say something to our family on behalf of God
Just as the Israelites were to continually have Gods
Word before them and to teach it unto their children; just so,
we should do the same.
6:6-9, And these words, which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently
unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in
thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou
liest down, and when thou riset up. And thou shalt bind them
for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets
between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of
thy house, and on thy gates.
We need to encourage others to respect the God who is the
one true and living God.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not
to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
We need to study diligently so that we can be better able
to give a reason of the hope within us.
4:11, If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of
3:15, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be
ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
There is a proper attitude and manner in presenting Gods
inspired Word unto others.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
WE SHOULD TAKE ON THE NATURE OF GOD DAILY.
The Apostle Peter urges us to be partakers of the
1:3-11, According as his divine power hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the
knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust. And besides this, giving all diligence, add to
your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
kindness charity [love]. For if these things be in you, and
abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he
that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and
hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore
the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
4:8, For bodily exercise profiteth little: but
godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the
life that now is, and of that which is to come.
If we conform to the image of Jesus Christ in this life
then we will become like Him as He now is in Heaven.
3:2, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth
not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
WE SHOULD DO A GOOD DEED EVERY DAY IN THE NAME OF OUR
We should strive to glorify our Lord by doing good toward
our fellowman in His name and through His church.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
all ages, world without end. Amen.
B. We should seek opportunities to do good unto others.
1. We should grasp the
opportunities that come our way.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
We should pray for doors of opportunity to be opened unto
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a
door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I
am also in bonds:
16:9, For a great door and effectural is opened unto me,
and there are many adversaries.
Pray that others will become involved in the Lords
9:35-39, And Jesus went about all the cities and
villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel
of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease
among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved
with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were
scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he
unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the
laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth laborers into the harvest.
Set a good example before others that they may be
encouraged to draw closer unto God.
5:16, Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
4:7-8, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will
draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded.
Christianity is a complete way of life. We cannot
compartmentalize our life by saying I give part to God, part to
my family, part to my livelihood, part to recreation, etc. We
must not give just 50%, 70%, or even 99%; but rather: 100% unto
the Lord. Whatever we do, it must be in harmony with Gods Will
in order to be pleasing unto Him.
said, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear
God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of
man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every
secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil (Eccl.
Borrowed and enlarged