Serving With The Right Intentions

by Dionna Sanchez

http://devotionalchristian.com/serving-with-the-right-intentions/

 

I heard someone say once that we can be very earnest about something – and yet be very earnestly wrong. It was a very profound statement.

 

So often I see this demonstrated in our society. I see people give all they have to causes that they are very passionate about. I see people pursue beliefs in life that may not be harmless, but may not be fruitful in the long-run either. It reminds me of the verse in Proverbs 16:2 that says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”

 

We can pursue causes or give generously to them – but they can all be for nothing. If I’m giving to charities and serving others simply to “look good” to others – my works are meaningless in the long-run for the Lord knows and sees where my heart stands. He knows that I simply did things for “show.”   And if I give all my time and money to something I really DO believe in but that cause goes against the Word of God in some way or form – again – my invested time and money are worthless.

 

My heart and soul and what reside there are very important to the Lord. The intent, love, purity and motivation that live inside of each one of us weigh heavily with God.

 

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in doing what everyone else is doing, doing things for the fun of it, or doing things because it looks good….we forget that the only true way to do things is with love.

 

Romans 16:18 “For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people.”

 

It is important for us to evaluate our own intent and actions every once in awhile to make sure that we have the right motivation and not that we are doing things simply to fulfill our own fleshly emotions and desires. It’s also important for us to be wary of who is in our lives and what kind of endeavors they bring into our homes and into our lives. Many people seem to have good causes but in actuality, they are stemmed from selfish ambition.

 

God does want us to serve. But He wants us to serve humbly. He does want us to pursue our passions. But with prayer. And He does want us to give. But with the right heart. If we keep these things in mind as our compass….we’ll never stray from serving Him with the pure goodness that He can use and flourish for so many.

 

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby, incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which separated him from God, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinner in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thereby, become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

 

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Mission Statement

Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship offers a place for Christian men across the globe to come together in fellowship, lifting up in prayer and encouraging one another in the spirit; striving to become more Christlike through surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ.


Vision Statement

The Vision of Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship is best defined by the following Holy Scriptures: As Christian men, "We stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Philippians 1:27, Ephesians 4:3

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting "I am saved." I'm whispering "I was lost"; That is why I chose this way.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble, And need someone to be my guide.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak, And pray for strength to carry on.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed, And cannot ever pay the debt.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are too visible, But God believes I'm worth it.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, Which is why I speak His name.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I do not wish to judge. I have no authority; I only know I am loved.

 

As Christians, we are part of the fellowship of the unashamed. We have Holy Spirit power. We have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. We're a disciple of His. We won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. Our past is redeemed, our present makes sense, our future is secure. We're finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals. We no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, or popularity. We don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. We now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power. Our face is set, our goal is heaven, our road is narrow, our way is rough, our companions are few, our guide reliable, our mission clear. We cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back. We will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. We won't give up, shut up or let up until we have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. We are a disciple of Jesus. We must go till He comes, give till we drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops us. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing us, our banner will be clear.

 

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Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship 

Oath Of Allegiance To Christ

 

Christ with me, Christ in me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ under me, Christ over me,

Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,

Christ in my lying down, Christ in my rising up;

Christ, my all in all.

 

[Adopted 2003]

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Brothers in Christ Men's Fellowship was formed as an outreach to our Christian brothers when Kenn Bruner and Mike Donahoe recognized a need and an opportunity for fellowship with other Christian men across the globe.

 

Our fellowship is fostered in two ways: a weekly devotional and a weekly prayer list. The devotion is updated each week on our web page. The prayer list is also updated each week on the web page so that you may receive intercessory prayer from other brothers.

 

You can also join us on Facebook and Twitter by following the links listed below.

 

We invite any man who has professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life or who are interested in finding out more about following Christ to join us in fellowship. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Your Brothers in Christ,

Mike Donahoe and Kenn Bruner

 

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Brothers in Christ will be celebrating our 15th Anniversary on July 1st.

 

 

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Brothers in Christ Men's Fellowship

is headquartered in

St. James, MO   USA

 

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Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship
Founded 2001



"We stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together
for the faith of the gospel;
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace."


Philippians 1:27~Ephesians 4:3

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