Proverbs 27:17 ((NIV)
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
"Iron cutting tools are made bright, and sharp, and fit for use by rubbing them against the file, or some other iron. So a man, who being alone is sad, and dull, and inactive. The company and conversation of a friend refreshes him. His very wits are sharpened and his spirit is revived."
There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. In the same way, we as a friend, as God peculiar people, as a brother, a sister, son, daughter, mother, uncle, father etc sharpens one another. Believe me, we were made for each other! We must seek the betterment for each other. We all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. Someone to show us the way, someone to confide in.
Throughout the Bible, God's attributes has been liken unto many different things. We can find several of them in the book of Psalms. It is important to know who God. If we understand who He is then trusting Him will become easier.
Is there a striking memory someone can have about you? Do you have a memory of a defining moment in your life where someone had contributed to positive change or development in your life? I am not talking about the memories of a lusty, romantic relationship. Nor am I referring to the dumbest things that you probably did yesterday. A memory can be good or bad. Some memory last for a life-time, others are only short-lived.
In any case, we often take for guaranteed the things that we do and how we execute our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Do you know that everything you do today will most likely be alive tomorrow? Why?- Because it's being marked down in "history's memory lane".
At this point in your life, can you genuinely think of any thing that you probably have done that will have a lasting, positive, influential impact on others? If not, you need to take some time and re-evaluate your-self. Christians must live up to a 'standard of influence' in such a way that it will be a memory that will infect generations after generations.
Mathew 26:13 "Assuredly, I say unto you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial of her."
Sacrifice is a power engine for great outcome.
Sacrifice is living selflessly.
Sacrifice is indeed a denial of one's own needs, desires, or passion for the sake of the good of others.
Sacrifice is a step of faith. It's like peacefully dropping off a roof with the belief in your heart that your dad will catch you. In the same way, when you make a sacrifice you believe that it is not in vain.
Sacrifice simply means placing others in front of you for a worthy cause.
Sacrifice is sometimes painful, but the gain is usually even greater in the long run.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.- Luke 9:24 | NIV |
Imagine trying to save your own life. You do everything you can for your own good with little or no consideration or care for others. When you're thinking that you're actually gaining, the tables tend to turn and instead of saving everything you have you loose it in the end. As Christians, sacrifice is a symbol of a holy life. God wants us to place the needs of others in front of our own. Being a Christian is a sacrifice of your self will in order to bring glory and honor to God Almighty. If you deny your self and walk in God's ways, then you will save your own life. You may not have the things that you want but you will receive greater things to come because the sacrifice you make for God's glory will not be in vain.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:58
As we go through life, we often times try to put on the biggest shows, we persevere to do the things that society consider to be "great". So much emphasis is placed on accomplishing things that will bring more fame or prestige to ourselves rather than what will do good to others. The world has a philosophy that says, "great "performances" makes you an honorable person." That in it self gives you the title "GREATNESS".
Can we be anymore mislead? This is a total misguidance of what things really matters in life! Which things will bring you the most lasting profitable gain. Of which things make the greatest, most profitable impact on the lives of others.
Be encouraged! It's a new day filled with new blessings. Yesterday's gone, tomorrow is yet to come, today is all we have. Pep-up your morning.
Have an inspiring day!