Our society is widely focused on their personal wealth and how to increase their possessions, prestige, or even power. As believers, God has called us to be different from those around us. Many times, people put their finances first. In a world and culture where this is a reality, let’s strive to operate in love according to God’s guidance. Let’s strive to labor in love to effectively display the grace Christ already showed us when He sacrificed Himself on the cross.
None of our labor in love goes unnoticed by God. When we are acting in obedience to God and His guidance for our lives with a proper heart, God blesses us. These blessings can manifest in a number of ways – one of them being as an eternal reward once we join Him in paradise. We have to remember that God sees our work and it does not go unnoticed! Find the courage to do what is right in all situations, even when no one is watching!
When we labor in love, we let others see the grace God has shown us. We should be so thankful for God’s grace and redemption that we want to share His love with those we encounter. We can’t let our sharing be out of expectation of a reward from the Lord. The rewards are a bonus – we spread His love because it is what we are called to do and we are so thankful for His amazing grace!
So, in a world that is focused on themselves, their bank account, and how they can get ahead, go against the grain. Go against society and accept Christ’s call to be different from those around you. Strive to operate in love, grace, and the fruits of the spirit. Strive to be a display of God’s grace to those around you!
Dr. Derek Grier