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Red Letter Challenge Devotion - Week 4

Posted March 16, 2022
Red Letter Challenge Devotion - Week 4

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Jesus’ ministry on earth was radically humble. His teachings were contrary to the ways of this world. Jesus lived to serve! As we read through the Gospels, we see Jesus continually offering His love and grace to sinners. Wherever Jesus went, He brought hope. 

His ultimate act of service was fulfilled upon the cross, where He gave His very life for you and me. Jesus didn’t live for Himself, He lived for you and me. Jesus didn’t die for Himself, He died for you and me... and His glorious resurrection was for you and me, too! He loves us that much.

We have been saved and made new "for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Our good works certainly do not secure our salvation - only Jesus can do that! But they are a testimony to those around us that God's grace in Christ is powerful, that it makes a difference in the lives of those who have received it in faith. We are changed by His grace; we mustn’t go on living as we always had.

When we consider the overwhelming magnitude of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit sets our hearts ablaze with the desire to serve Him! God has uniquely equipped each and every one of us with gifts and talents that we can use to glorify Him and bless others. 

This week, you’re being challenged to serve those around you in a variety of ways. Maybe it’s helping out your spouse or child with a chore - no strings attached. Maybe you’re going to find a way to bless a neighbor in an unexpected way. Maybe you’ll call up a friend who is sick and offer a word of encouragement. Whenever you serve others in Jesus’ name, God is glorified. Let your light shine, for the Holy Spirit has made you gifted and talented for God’s service! 

God's blessings,
Kelsey Tichenor
Assimilation Director

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