Do you ever feel a lack of meaning in your life? Do you look at your finances, physical beauty, or fame and question whether you can make a difference in this world? Do you look at where you grew up and think, “Can anything good come from here?” This is exactly what was once said about Jesus. Nathaniel told one of Jesus’ disciples, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46). The answer Jesus’ disciple gave was simple, “come and see.” You see Jesus did not complain about the town he grew up in; instead He simply bloomed where He was planted. How was this Jesus able to become such an influential person that we still talk about him today? He helped one person at a time.He was able to inspire people by loving people. God uses people to help people.
One day Jesus was leaving Jericho. A blind man named Bartimaeus heard a large crowd walking on the road. The Scriptures tell us, “47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:27). What’s the difference between Bart and Nate’s response to Jesus? Bart became so excited about Christ that he got His attention in a large crowd. He had faith. Jesus healed Bart’s eye sight that very day. Yet when Jesus was in his hometown, “He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” (Mark 6:5). What was the difference? It was all about their perception of Christ. Those who may have grown up with Him simply perceived Him as just another nice man.
What is your perception of Jesus?Do you see Him as another good teacher, or do you see Him as your savior? Christ died for all of us so that we might be free from the penalty of sin. You don’t have to fear death, simply place your trust in Christ and receive His free gift of salvation. When you get out of church, you should walk out with a smile. Walk out knowing that God so loves you! Walk with you head held high knowing He wants you!
Benjamin Franklin was a great inventor. He created such things as the lighting rod, the Franklin Stove, bifocals, the odometer, and even swim fins. In his autobiography Benjamin Franklin outlined a “Precept of Order, requiring that every part of my business should have its allotted time, one page in my little book contain’d the following scheme of employment for the twenty-four hours of a natural day.” The first order of business in his precept was to ask himself simply, “What good shall I do this day?” May we all live our life with this attitude. My friend I’m here to tell you that if you have breath in your lungs, then you have a destiny!
Contrary to popular opinion, you did not ruin your life. Yes, that job may not have worked out. That relationship may have ended. Maybe that medical report came back negative. I’m here to tell you God has plans to prosper you! Maybe plan A was ruined, God has a plan B. He knows somebody who knows somebody! He is not out of ideas. When you study the story of Elijah, we find that God fed Elijah by Ravens. My friend if God can feed Elijah by Ravens, I’m sure He can take care of you!
Start your day of by asking the lord, “What good shall I do this day?” Begin by taking small steps to help people. Pay for someone’s meal, donate school supplies to your local church, or let someone go ahead of you at HEB. You don’t have to be rich to be generous. You simply have to use the five loaves and two fish that you have and allow God to multiply it.What Good Shall I Do This Day?