What Have You Done For God Today

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Speaker 1: (00:08)
Good morning everyone

Speaker 2: (00:12)
look around. I see familiar faces and I see faces that I'm not familiar with those view that are visiting with us this morning. We are grateful that you are here and and worshiping with us. We're glad that you taking the time out of your schedules to, to find a place to worship on this Lord's day and we are grateful that you have chosen to be with us today. We are grateful for everyone that is here, where we miss those who are not here, but we're grateful that for those that are here today, because we've been able to do something together, we've been able to worship together. We've been able to on this Lord's day, remember our Savior's death, burial and, and the power of his resurrection. And we have hope and we praise God in song and we have hope of eternal life because of what he did for us.

Speaker 2: (01:06)
And so I'm grateful it makes the Lord's day a wonderful day. You know, there are days outside when the weather's not quite what it should be. And then there are days that are kind of overcast and going to be a little bit warmer, but it doesn't matter what the weather is outside. It matters what goes on inside of each and every one of us. And I'm grateful that we are able to worship together this morning. I want to ask you a question or post something to you this morning and before I put this up here on the screen, I want to lay this out a little bit and, and you're probably familiar with the phrase, what have you done for me lately? You know, quite often sometimes you'll, you'll go up to people and you, you'll remind them of the things that you've done for them and, and they get calm, a little disgruntled and they don't like you reminding them like that and then they might just turn around to you. Well, but what have you done for me lately? It's that way in sports there's a sport illustration. You know the person that competes in athletics here in our reading, you think about that. There are those individuals that go out there and they win world championships and they brag about them five, six, seven years down the road and they've not done anything like that since then and the sports fan will ask, but what have you done for me lately?

Speaker 2: (02:30)
So I want to pose a question to you this morning and it's this. What have you done for God today? Now, today being the Lord's day, we can say, well, we've come together and we've worshiped together. We've done what we're supposed to do on the Lord's day and I'm going to say that. Sure, but I want you to ask yourself that question every morning when you wake up. What am I going to do for God today and what I want to suggest to you this morning? There are going to be five things that I could tell you this morning that I, that you can do every day for God and keep those in mind. Those five things are not necessarily an entire complete list of things that you could do for God on a daily basis. These are just going to be some suggestions that that I've had help with over the years.

Speaker 2: (03:16)
Uh, I've had, uh, the particular acronym that we're going to be using this morning to help us figure this out is going to be one that was originally given to me by another preacher and I, I can say this, that there are, are different ways that you can use this acronym because it's something that when we think about it is we can remember to speak every day. Now the word speak, I understand is not spelled the way that we normally spell it. And the only reason is spelled this way, it makes it easy to remember. And like I said, it's an acronym. It's not necessarily meant to spell out a word for us, but we understand when we talk about speaking, don't we? We understand what it means then to, to speak up or to speak out. But in our daily lives, can we speak every day? I'm not talking about our conversations with one another.

Speaker 2: (04:11)
I'm not talking about conversations necessarily with those at work or at school, but that can be part of it because the things that we're going to talk about this morning are things that can be used every day by you as a child of God. And so I want to begin this morning by my looking at this now we didn't, we didn't miss nessarily go straight into our, our read completely the entire chapter. Second Timothy chapter two but verse two is going to be important to us here in a little bit, but verse 15 is also important to us because if you read it in the new King James, it says something like this. It says, be diligent to present yourself approved to God. A worker who does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth. Now I know the old King James used the word study, but if you look at that word in the Greek, the word diligent, it has to be, has to do with zeal, earnest desire, effort, haste,

Speaker 1: (05:15)
steady. Could it be part of it?

Speaker 2: (05:19)
All of those things are implied. A four and what he's really trying to tell Timothy as a young preacher and to encourage him at this time is to have a zeal for God's word. How do you develop a zeal for God's word if you never opened his book? Now we, you hear me talk about this quite often because in our bulletin at the, on the back page, we have a different reading, a scripture reading for each week throughout the year so that we can read through the scriptures and in its entirety in one year, but studying this zeal for God's word goes beyond reading it. It is developing a habit. Let me ask you this, is God's word written on your heart where it's supposed to be or is it simply in the books that you have in your labs? Because studying a diligent pursuit of God's word is you're going to be familiar with what's in those pages and not just have to look at a Concord's to find out where the book is that the preacher tells you to turn to.

Speaker 3: (06:26)
[inaudible].

Speaker 2: (06:29)
How many of you can, can quote me a passage of scripture other than Jesus wept? I would say that very likely if you cannot quote it exactly, you can come real close to paraphrasing quite a few of those texts that you've read because what you've done is you've spent time with God's word it to a point where you are familiar with it. One of the things that Cindy and I talk about all the time is that I may not be able to quote it, but I know what page it's on. I know it's, it's on the right hand page and down around the middle of the page because you can turn to it and the only reason you can do that as you become familiar with it, you've done that through study. Study means you're going to dive into it. You're going to look beyond the milk of the word.

Speaker 2: (07:18)
You're going to be digging for that strong meat of the word. You're going to be looking for those treasures of truth that are found within the gospel, within the old Testament with the NT, the entirety of God's word, because you believe that God's word is inspired and that there's benefit there for yourself. You're going to study God's word and you're going to show that you want to be able to correctly and properly handle the word of truth. See, Timothy was a young preacher. Paul was encouraging him on something that he would need to do daily, and he encouraged Timothy in first Timothy chapter four to give attention to reading around verse 13 now you say, well, that text doesn't really tell us what what he was supposed to read, but I would dare say that one of the things that Paul really wanted him to incur was encouraging him to read was be the read those scriptures that were available to him. Why those old Testament scriptures taught about Jesus Christ, those old Testament scriptures would enabled Timothy to persuade and convince others that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, that he is the savior of the world. He is the savior of men.

Speaker 2: (08:33)
Why should we be studying the scriptures? Well, one, there's benefit to them. If we truly believe that they are the inspired word of God, then we understand that they equip us to every good work, don't we? We know that they're profitable for correction, for reproof. We know that there are things that we learn from them every day, and so there is something that we can do for God. Every day. We talked about in the Bible class this morning, Jesus was telling his disciples that if you love me, how would they be recognized by it? By keeping his commandments, by being obedient to his commands? Well, how can you be obedient to his commands? If you're not familiar with, you have to become familiar with them, don't you? And that means spending time in God's word more than just reading them out at breakfast. Yesterday morning we were talking about this, and I have a Bible app that I use on, on the Bible reading. But what I like to have done is I like to have it read to me. So my Bible app has a little button that I can push and I can have it read to me as I follow along. But that's not enough.

Speaker 2: (09:52)
I'm not telling you that you have to, every time you pull out your Bible that you have to open a concordance of Greek lexicon or, or pull up some form of Bible application on your, uh, uh, computer to, to help you study. You don't have to know Greek, you don't have to know Hebrew to be able to understand what's in the, in the, in the text. But sometimes it helps. It helps in clarifying the meanings of words and things like that. So study, spend time digging because you will reap the benefit for it and it will help you in one of the other things that we're gonna talk about this morning,

Speaker 1: (10:29)
yeah,

Speaker 2: (10:30)
study is one of the five things that you can do on a daily basis. I think that was one. Yeah, I think he probably figured that one out without me putting it up there, didn't you? I could have messed that up. I could've. There's so many different things I could have put up. I could've put persevere up there,

Speaker 1: (10:52)
but pray.

Speaker 2: (10:53)
That's not something that when you get right down to it should be that difficult for us to do except for some people and sadly enough's. Sometimes Christians fail to pray because they don't necessarily believe God's always listening to them,

Speaker 2: (11:11)
but prayer is something that should be such an important part of our lives. And here, if you're visiting with this, you might not have heard this before. It's something that I've, I've stated about prayer in the past and, and maybe you all forgotten it completely too, but I asked you this. Is prayer your spare tire or is it your steering wheel? How often do you use the spare tire? Only in emergencies don't you? When you have a flat on a car, if that's the way we're using prayer, then we're not doing what Paul was encouraging the brethren thistle and I could do the pray without ceasing our way. When you're driving a car down the road, you keep your hands on the steering wheel so you can stay between lines and see, prayer does that for us in our lives as children of God. It helps keep us on going, entering through that narrow gate and going traveling down that road that leads to eternity. It keeps us on that road.

Speaker 2: (12:10)
I want you to consider for just a moment that prayer is not something that we just simply do in emergencies. Duly pray only when we have a need or you know. You know, I hear people talk about praying for financial need all the time. Do we pray only when we are in the valleys of our lives when things seem to be they're there, they're darkest and we seem to be farthest away from God or do we also pray we're on when we're on the mountaintops, no. James chapter one verse five says, pray for wisdom. Well, why pray for wisdom? Well, that goes back to the first one. When you're studying, pray for that wisdom. Pray for the understanding that you will know how to use God's word properly. And what I want to do is as I want to read you a list, I don't know if I'm going to read all of it. I've got 46 things on this list. This is a collaboration of several people. We sat down and we started talking about things that we could pray for it. The list kept getting longer and longer.

Speaker 2: (13:18)
Pray that God's will may be done. Pray that we praise God properly, pray that the care of our family, pray for the care of our families and be thankful for them. Pray for the health and welfare of our fears and our physical blessings. Be thankful for those and a lot of what you, what you're going to hear. Thanks. When we pray, we pray with Thanksgiving. We make our supplications and requests made known to God. That's what Paul says in Philippians chapter four and so some of these things are praising God. Some of these things are for our benefit when we're making a request, and some of these things should simply be things that we're thankful for. The ability to withstand temptation for forgiveness of sins, the desire to teach others, the need to be proper examples before others for those and spit sin, especially unfaithful brethren, for those in authority, elders, rulers, presidents, Kings, for those who are bereaved, who have lost a loved one for the growth of the church, for the love of the brethren, that it continues to grow for the desire to worship, that we may teach the young how to live properly, that we may respect the laws of the land, pray that we will honor our parents, pray that we would desire to visit the sick and the needy.

Speaker 2: (14:48)
Pray that we take time to pray more often, pray for greater love, pray for thankfulness for our prayers being answered for all the blessings through Christ, especially the gift of God's son. Pray for spiritual privileges, salvation, the church, et cetera, for our enemies. And for those who persecute us, pray for those who teach and serve elders, deacons, preachers and teachers and those who are just the quote everyday Christian. Pray for parents and children. Pray for mercy and strength, patience and humility. Help in all things. Pray for peace in the world. Pray for guidance in all things. Pray for wisdom, meekness, patience, understanding of others. Pray that the hearts of men will be open to the gospel. Pray that we will not be selfish, arrogant, or conceited. Pray for strength to be busy in the Lord's work.

Speaker 2: (15:49)
Pray and be thankful for God's precious word. Pray for the work of the church. Pray for fellow saints, families and friends. Pray for helping our singing and motivation and scriptural NUS in our daily lives. Pray and be thankful for our food or clothing or shelter or health. Our environment. Pray to be filled with knowledge, prayed for deliverance from temptation. Pray in time of suffering and joy. Pray for our daily needs. Be thankful for our daily bread. Pray to forgive others their deaths. Pray for help to forgive our debtors and forget to be forgiven of our own. Pray for brethern and other places. Pray for greater influence for good. Pray for a deeper sense of consideration of others. That's not even a complete list. There are so many things that you can pray for when you think about it and understand that Jesus told his disciples that if they pray and ask for things in his name, he's going to give them to them. And he's not telling you to pray for bicycles and cars and homes, but you can be thankful for those things as you're blessed with them. Remember Daniel, how often did he [inaudible] pray? Three times a day and it got him in trouble at one time, didn't it? He had to spend a night in the lion's den. Jesus Christ, our savior, prayed. He would go off into the secluded places of the garden and pray. He instructed his disciples in the sermon on the Mount

Speaker 1: (17:31)
[inaudible]

Speaker 2: (17:32)
to be secluded, go into a closet and pray. He expected his disciples. He expected kingdom citizens to utilize prayer in their lives on a daily basis. Now, I'm not telling you three times a day is enough or, or if it's too few times to pray. The idea is to pray and have that intimate conversation with the father regularly because prayer, it has its benefits. The Philippians chapter four verses six and seven when you're told to make your request, may known unto God what is the benefit of prayer and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts. There is something about prayer that that can bring calm to a horrible day. There is something about prayer

Speaker 1: (18:38)
that [inaudible]

Speaker 2: (18:39)
restores a day of distress and makes it peaceful again and it is something that is children of God. I believe sometimes we under utilize it. There's a song in our song book that asks the question, did you forget to pray? There's also a song in our song book. This is pray all the time. Which one are we willing to do? Pray without ceasing. Well, as we move along, we must remember the evangelize. Let's first Timothy chapter or second Timothy chapter two in verse two. Part of what what Timothy was instructed to do was to, to teach other men and Timothy there in second Timothy chapter two says, then the things that you have heard from me from among many witnesses, well, how did Timothy know what he was going to teach because he had heard those things. He had been taught himself, hadn't he? There's something to say for mentoring and in that particular instance, if you think, or in the terms of Paul and Timothy, you might look at Paul as being Timothy's mentor when it came to preaching, but one thing is for sure is there was instruction that went along with that and in learning these things, Paul encouraged Timothy to take what was given to him and share it with others.

Speaker 1: (20:23)
You see,

Speaker 2: (20:27)
I don't know if many of you know what the sharing and caring network was. I don't know that it's necessarily functioning anymore. It used to be an insurance company for, for preachers that couldn't afford other insurance and they would send in certain amounts. Well, what I want to get at is sharing. Caring is not an insurance company. Sharing and caring is evangelizing. Sharing and caring is knowing that there are lost in the world. Knowing that there are others that that we can help train so that they can teach others. Sharing and caring is using the gospel the way it was intended to be used. When Jesus instructed his disciples to go into all the world, in many ways, they were going to be sharing and caring because of that gospel. They were going to be caring for the lost and one could say even that evangelism then becomes the law or it is the lifeblood of the church. When evangelism ceases, what happens? Local bodies of Christ begin to die off.

Speaker 2: (21:41)
When people put the entire burden upon the preacher or the elders to do that, church has become weaker because what that means then too is there's a failure of studying going on. There's nobody praying that they can evangelize themselves. It may mean too that we need to train one another better. When you think about this, evangelism began on the day of Pentecost when the apostles were given that gift of the Holy spirit that Jesus had promised them in John 1415 and 16 but it didn't stop with the apostles did it. We see in acts chapter three and acts chapter four and acts chapter five and acts chapter six that this message continued to go and you come to acts chapter seven and you see Steven preaching. He's not an apostle. He loses his life though because he preached. But in acts chapter eight when persecution arose, what took place?

Speaker 2: (22:51)
They stopped preaching. They were so afraid that they, they all went home. No, you look at acts chapter eight and verse four that in spite a persecution that was arising, they went everywhere preaching the word and that was talking about Christians in general. You didn't have to have a degree to preach, to teach the gospel. You didn't have to have the title preacher to teach someone else the gospel. It was the responsibility of every child of God. It wasn't the responsibility of a handful of people. It began with a handful of people, well, 12 one, two handfuls, but it began with 12 and I grew up, I remember a commercial that was on TV and I don't remember exactly what the commercial was about, but I just keep remembering pictures multiplying. Starting with two people. This is two people tell two people, four pictures. Pope four people tell four people what happened, eight pictures.

Speaker 2: (23:58)
What happens with the gospel? Well, it grew exponentially when you, when you think about it on the day of Pentecost because it wasn't just 12 people telling 12 people, 3000 souls were saved that first day and what I'm getting at is this is when evangelism is practiced and we do it daily. It doesn't matter whether you're on the job or whether you're at school, you can still talk about your savior and maybe you can make an appointment to talk about it later. It doesn't have to all be done right there at that one time, but one thing is certain, when we quit talking about Jesus, we're not doing what we should be doing for God on a daily basis.

Speaker 2: (24:49)
We should encourage. One thing is is so important to us and I believe that that really this is is simply more than just a Pat on the back and the old attaboys that we, we tend to pass out so often Timothy, which to keep that circle of teaching going, and I think Paul is doing this, that he's encouraging Timothy to do that. But when you think about these things, first test, first Thessalonians chapter three in verse two Paul sent Timothy to Thesla Nikah and there he said that Timothy, our brother and minister of God and our fellow labor in the gospel of Christ to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith. There is something that is absolutely necessary that we need to do with one another. Now I could have put up another word up there, Edify edification. That would've worked in there too, but we need to encourage one another. And sometimes that encouragement might be a little hand in the middle of the back and a little shove in the right direction.

Speaker 2: (25:57)
Sometimes it is standing there and saying, you can do this. It's not as deep. We don't have to make things as difficult as as we tend to do. Do we? We can do these things. We can study, we can pray, we can evangelize. We can encourage one another. One of the things we do, what's going to cause us to do that? Our love for one another. If we truly love one another, if we truly love the lost, we're going to be encouragers. I think about Paul and Barnabas when I think about encouragement because the next chapter, 14 verses 21 through 23 Paul and Barnabas had gone through a region, Asia minor, known as Galicia, and they come back. We mentioned this last week when we, when we read the book of Galatians on Sunday evening, that they had gone through four cities in that area. Antioquia Presidio, I conium listerin Derby and they made a return trip back through there.

Speaker 2: (27:03)
Well, what did they do? Well, the text says, and when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lister. I conium and Antioch strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith and saying, we must through many tribulations, enter the kingdom of God. That was encouragement. That was encouragement. And what we're doing is we're trying, we should be trying to encourage one another to stay faithful, to remain faithful. Why? Because it wasn't uncommon in the first century for the Christian to suffer persecution on a daily basis. We don't do that, but we'd still have trials. We still have tribulations, and there are times in our encouragement, but what we will be doing is reaching down and grabbing the hands of those who have we cans and feeble knees and tried to strengthen them and encourage them.

Speaker 2: (28:00)
But here's the thing, it's not only the weak that need encouragement, it's the strong, it's the mature child of God that needs it as well. Every one of us needs to be encouraged. We need to encourage each other and we strengthen one another the way they did in the new Testament. Hebrews chapter 13 or chapter three and verse 13 it says this, but exhort one another daily. See that's another word I could have stuck up there in the E. exhort, encourage, Edify, whatever, exhort one another daily while it is called today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. That word exhort has the meaning of implore, comfort and courage and the plead to exhort one another is used over and over again in the new Testament to the church at Thessalonica. Verse Thessalonians chapter four and verse one the apostle Paul said this.

Speaker 2: (29:00)
Finally, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should have found more and more just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God. What have you done for the Lord today? Have you encouraged a brother or sister in Christ? Have you reached out to one who may be struggling with their faith? Have you encouraged the one who is strong in their faith but still they need to hear it? Every now and then? We don't need the strong and faith. Don't need to hear words of encouragement and exhortation simply to make their heads swell. They need to know that they need to keep on doing those things. Keep being faithful because over time we can grow weary in doing good if we're not careful and we need to be, especially if we feel like we're the only ones doing the work. If we have an Elijah complex and we get to feeling like we're the only ones serving the Lord, it's real easy to become discouraged and last show kindness

Speaker 1: (30:11)
every day.

Speaker 2: (30:14)
You know, there was something that was going on here in the past. It's become real popular within the last several years. One act of kindness. Well, I don't think one act of kindness is enough on a daily basis. An act of kindness is something that should be natural for the child of God. Something that almost because we have been children, because we have been saved by grace through faith, because we have had an act of kindness shown toward us that is greater than any act of kindness that we can ever display to someone else. It should be a natural part of our daily lives.

Speaker 2: (30:59)
Colossians chapter three in verse 12 therefore, as the elect of God, Holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and long suffering. It's something that we should adorn ourselves with every day because let me tell you, I know that there are people in the world today who are outside of God that believe and espouse being kind. People who who transgress God's law still espouse kindness on a daily basis. Some of them that have even made it almost a tagline for, for their talk shows as they close their show, be kind. We don't have to have the world telling us to be kind because it's instructed. That's instruction for us in scripture. God's kindness was revealed to us in his son then the ages to come, he might show exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians chapter two and verse seven kindness is a part of the fruit of the spirit. In Galatians chapter five and if we lead, read that fruit of the spirit and we see kindness mingled in there. Paul says there as he concludes that list of the fruit of the spirit against such, there is no law.

Speaker 2: (32:28)
Brotherly kindness is to be added to our faith. Second Peter chapter one in verse five I don't want to read a quote that was attributed to Amelia Earhart. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees. One single act of kindness. That might be the thing that triggers someone to ask about Jesus Christ. Kindness is just that. When you think about it, I said it again, didn't I wrong? Think about it, but when we consider

Speaker 1: (33:20)
these things

Speaker 2: (33:23)
and we truly contemplate how valuable they are, these are things that are not difficult to do. Are they? Kindness is a Mark we leave on the world. It should be a distinguishing characteristic of each and every child of God and showing kindness is an opportunity for us to make a difference in the world in which we live. The greatest act of kindness you can ever show someone. It's telling them about the savior of all men because without that, they don't have the hope that they need to have. You cannot be kinder or more loving than by revealing Jesus Christ to someone else.

Speaker 1: (34:30)
So daily speak.

Speaker 2: (34:38)
Paul said, for this end, we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God who is the savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Speak of this savior of all men. Let people know that God so loved the world that he sent this savior into the world. Let them all know that this savior loved them and laid down his life for them so that they could have forgiveness of sins so that they could have hope of eternal life. Tell them about a risen savior. Tell them about one who is sitting at the right hand of God, reigning in his kingdom right now. Tell them that he is the same today, yesterday and forever, and that his blood can make them whole again.

Speaker 2: (35:51)
See the child of God when he speaks of those things that he's been given through God's Holy word shares the greatest gift the ball Jesus Christ. If you're here this morning [inaudible] and you're not a child of God, or if you're an airing child of God, we stand ready to assist you in your spiritual need. How can we do that so that you can leave here today, reconciled to God? Do you need that to us and for the remission of your sins? Everything's ready. We don't have to go down to the river this week like we did last week. Everything's ready for you now and prepared. If you need baptism for the mission of your sins, we'll assist you that if you need prayers as an Erin child of God, we stand ready to hit your says. What we want for you is to be reconciled to God, but it's your decision. Is that what you desire? If it is, why don't you come as together we stand and as we say.