SHARE YOUR FAITH
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Seek first the kingdom of wealth, and you'll worry over every dollar. Seek first the kingdom of health, and you'll sweat every blemish and bump. Seek first the kingdom of popularity, and you'll relive every conflict. Seek first the kingdom of safety, and you'll jump at every crack of the twig. But seek first [God's] kingdom, and you will find it. On that, we can depend and never worry.
(Max Lucado, Fearless)
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Franklin Roosevelt's closest adviser during much of his presidency was a man named Harry Hopkins. During World War II, when his influence with Roosevelt was at its peak, Hopkins held no official Cabinet position. Moreover, Hopkins' closeness to Roosevelt caused many to regard him as a shadowy, sinister figure. As a result he was a major political liability to the president. A political foe once asked Roosevelt, "Why do you keep Hopkins so close to you? You surly realize the people distrust him and resent his influence." Roosevelt replied, "Someday you may well be sitting here where I am as President of the United States. And when you are, You'll be looking at that door over there and knowing that practically everybody who walks through it wants something out of you. You'll learn what a lonely job this is, and you'll discover the need for somebody like Harry Hopkins, who ask for nothing except to serve you." Winston Churchill rated Hopkins as one of the half-dozen most powerful men in the world in the early 1940's. And the sole source of Hopkins' power was his willingness to serve. You cannot walk with Christ without a willingness to serve him. Jesus said, "If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am there My servant will be also; If anyone serves Me, The Father will honor him." (John 12:26) Are you a servant of the living Christ?
CATCH THE VISION........
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23