Lessons on Others By TaJuanda Michelle
As a believer in Jesus I have been learning a lot on the lesson of “others.” Jesus cares a lot about others and He desires to serve them. God sometimes may give me a burden for someone and it can be to help them. Sometimes God leads me to intercede for others by praying for God to draw them near to Him or while in their present situation for God to intervene. It can be to speak the ministry of the word of God to them. It can be to express kindness to them or be merciful to them when they have done wrong. I believe God’s expression of grace, love, truth and life by the power of the Holy Spirit can be manifested through any one of us who have accepted Jesus and it has the power to affect our relationships with others for the Kingdom of God. Because of this it is important that we don’t resolve how much we can take, handle or endure. God needs to build us up with truth and at the same time desires for us to be strengthened in Him. For this it is also important to welcome others as God is using them to minister to me in return. It’s all essential to being a part of the body of Christ.
It is vital to receive sound doctrine on the nature of the others that God places in our lives. They are made in His likeness as well and must come with a perspective that is established by God’s heart as we live in Christ. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12, KJV). When Christ commands us to love it impacts our unity, selflessness, encourages forgiveness, longsuffering, mercifulness and a servant’s heart. The world doesn’t teach us this and Christ may call for us to even let go of material things we would naturally hold onto for ourselves in order to help others. Christ understands that humility would be a great need in the new heart toward each one of us. It’s a commandment that also encourages us to be humble around others.
I can remember a time when I decided to help my church establish a good news club in a local school. I had to fast and pray about my decisions and what to do to help this ministry. It required for me to work with various people regardless of what position of leadership they were in at the church and school. I started to appreciate the value in people no matter how experienced they were in ministry and God taught me by His Holy Spirit according to truth that each of us could express kind communication, transparency, diligence and faithfulness to help make the ministry successful. When expressing Christ to others it is a work of grace through faith. It required for me to let go of things I would have held onto before and for me to understand that I should do everything unto the glory of God and not unto men. This is another lesson to learn regarding others; God gets glory from our lives and that when helping others we can do it in faith to please God. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, KJV). I must admit when God calls you to do something you will need His people in your life to labor with you for the Kingdom. I had to ensure that the program was coordinated effectively and esteem highly the fellow believers that volunteered to be a part of the ministry for everyone to feel welcomed. It forced me to see the value in everyone’s commitment and eventually everything that people shared was taken into account to move the mission forward. We had to have patience for one another and communicate with one another regarding very small details. We had to hold each other in high regard and humbly listen to one another regardless of who was in leadership positions or not. I also remember encountering people who weren’t believers and I felt like God was teaching me to love them right where they were. I learned how to use sober judgment and be discerning of their spirits. Christ in us desires to share the gospel with the unbelievers. I also enjoyed being ministered to by the other believers which was an edifying experience for me as I labored in ministry.
Ultimately, God places people in our lives each day. We can express Christ to them by the Holy Spirit that is within us. It does take submission to God and His word but that is the best way to move forward about it. We don’t have to be everything to people or put them above God. It will call for one not to make decisions haphazardly even during times where you feel challenged or frustrated by a situation dealing with others. Asking God for wisdom is so important in all things and when dealing with others it is vital that we go to God first for wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5, KJV). Purpose in our lives could be for God’s pleasure but it will come with God ruling with peace in our hearts. God’s presence is vital to be mindful of and so holy that we can remember His sovereignty even while dealing with others. It helps keep us in line to continue to do His will. Keep the faith y’all!
TaJuanda is a Christian nonfiction writer and enjoys using the written word to share the gospel of Jesus. She is a Site Coordinator at Reading Partners where she coordinates one on one tutoring for children who need to improve in their reading and writing skills. She previously coordinated the Good News Club program at Moravia Park Elementary where she supported pastors in their mission to lead a bible club. She is an MSU Alum and former IBM Consultant in the public sector. She hopes to use her God given gifts to continue to help people and honor them.
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