What Can I Do Here and Now?
by Sheri Rose Shepherd
God did everything for us when He sent His Son to die for our sins. It’s unimaginable that He would take His only Son and punish Him for what we did wrong, then reward us with eternity. God can do anything if we give Him a chance. He says nothing is impossible for Him, and He promises that if we give our life to Him, He will give us back a life that makes a difference in this world.
Over the past five years, as my life has been dismantled in every way, from my marriage ending to a terminal cancer diagnosis, I kept reminding myself that what Jesus did on the cross for me was enough for me to continue to follow Him for better or for worse.
What can we do in return? Here are the ways we can show God our love for Him, and He will continue to hold us dear in times of crisis.
LOVE GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
Jesus says this is the first and the greatest commandment. He wants your heart more than He wants anything else. He knows that your heart is safe in His hands. He also says to guard your heart because it is the wellspring of your life. He is the safest place for you to surrender your heart and the only way to protect it.
REPRESENT HIM WITH HUMILITY
Humility is the most beautiful thing ever to God. He says, “I will lift up the humble.” He loves when you’re humble because He loves to lift you up. He longs to trust you with great and mighty things here on Earth, but He can only give His great gifts to the humble.
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6).
REPRESENT HIM WITH YOUR PURE HOLINESS
The only way for us to set ourselves apart is with purity and holiness. We are divine diplomats and daughters of the Most High King. The more we respect ourselves enough to remain pure, the more others will want to hear what we have to say about the King. You are too special to give away what is sacred any longer. Treat yourself to God’s gift of holiness, and purify yourself so He can do great and mighty things through you.
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3–5).
REPRESENT HIM WITH HONOR
When we really recognize who God is and who we are, we begin to realize what an honor it is to be part of the royal family. Be careful not to let anybody dishonor you, and don’t dishonor others just because you disagree with them. You can always choose to represent your King by acting and reacting honorably. Make it your mission to reflect who you are in Christ. Also, remember that people who dishonor you are not true friends. When at all possible, surround yourself with people who honor you, and be sure that you honor them in return. In doing so, you will create an atmosphere that is beautiful and can flourish.
Even Jesus could not perform miracles in His own family when they dishonored Him. When you walk into a room, whether it’s your home or a friend’s, remember to walk with honor and to treat others with honor. Don’t connect your heart to people who dishonor you. I know sometimes those people are in your family and there’s no way of getting away from them, but purpose yourself not to allow their dishonor to define you. Don’t let their dishonor stop you from acting with honor. You’re a child of the King; you’re the bride of Christ.
REPRESENT HIM WITH LOVE FOR HUMANITY
I know there’s a lot in the world to be angry about. It’s easy to begin to develop anger toward humanity where you no longer feel love for them. But remember that God tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. He also tells us to love our enemies. Don’t let the hate you have for someone’s actions make you hate humanity. You are here to reflect God’s love, so guard your heart from hate.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7–8).
When you are overwhelmed by the things you see in this world, remember that this is not your forever home. You are a citizen of Heaven! You are here to represent Heaven on Earth. Don’t let the things of this world keep you from representing the things of Heaven. Remember whose you are and represent Him well. Take as many people home with you to Heaven as possible. That is your royal responsibility to our King. We came into this world with nothing, and that’s how we will leave. We can’t take anything with us except what we did for eternity.
For the past 30 years, Sheri Rose Shepherd has been in full-time ministry as a best-selling author, speaker to tens of thousands each year, and the founder of His Princess Ministries. Her latest book is Beyond the White Picket Fence: What to do When Your Life is Dismantled.
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