The more people there are the less will do something. Once one person steps forward others will. We need to be the one who steps forward to help others have courage.
"If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor." Galatians 6:3-6
#1 We are responsible to have an accurate self-perception.
I gotta seek God to be able to see myself accurately.
"If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves." Galatians 6:3
Look at yourself and see who you really are.
"The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector." Luke 18:11
"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3
"The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor." 1 Corinthians 3:8
"You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." Revelation 3:17
Are we who we think we are?
it's not about us. It's about God. Spend time in the Word. Talk to God. Look at yourself objectively.
#2 Thorough Self Examination
"Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load." Galatians 6:4-5
We gotta hold yourself to the light of God's word.
Answer these questions about yourself:
1. What am I doing to further God's kingdom?
2. What is my active role for God in my family?
3. What is my active role for God in my family?
4. What is my active role for God in my church?
5. What is my active role for God in my community?
6.What will I say that I did for God when I come face to face with Him?
If life is a blessing (in family, church, community) what am I doing for Jesus?
Can we in truth and honesty, when we self examine. Take that long, hard look at ourselves. Ask the hard questions:
not just what I have, but what I don't have.
Not just what I do, but what I don't do.
Seek the Will of God in your life.
Spend some along time with God in the Word asking Him where you are in your walk with Him.
Ask Himw hat you should be doing that you are not.
Caring for each other.
Sharing is caring!!
Be honest. Be sincere. Give. Give of yourself. Give your time. We're family. We have a responsibility to each other. No one should be lacking in the church. Ask your brother or sister if they have needs.
Prayer is not a grenade. It is a guided missile.
We need to bless as we are blessed. Each of us as a gift and abilities. Take on the roles that need to be filled, lift the burden if you are able. As we grow individually we grow us a church and the mission we have been given will be fulfilled. Sometimes sharing the burden a little bit will change a person's life.