5 things Jesus wants you to do

Desiderius Erasmus, Catholic priest and theologian, said, “Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin”. I agree. In fact, true abundance probably should be measured by how much you give away, rather than what you possess. If you are holding on to the things you don’t need or represent only a status symbol to you, it’s most likely replacing the love/respect/power that you don’t feel from anything else. That is a great need, as great as food and water.

We live in a culture that teaches us to judge a person based on what they have, not who they are or what they contribute. In John 11: 25-26, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” If you are a believer, then “what you have” could be the most important, because you have Jesus. But, who you are and what you contribute is important to Jesus even if it’s not important to the world. That’s because he knows it’s how you will live life fully here on earth.

Gratitude–Psalms 107:1 says, “Thank the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever. Every morning, remember that you woke up, and every night before you go to sleep, remember five things for which you are grateful. Even when I was very poor, I still had clean water, food, clothes, shelter, family, health, friends, a job, and the love of Jesus Christ. Gratitude will keep you grounded in reality and protected from the lies of the enemy who tells you there is no hope.

Forgiveness–Matthew 6:14-15 says, “If you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins. Let go of the past, don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can change others, you are only responsible for your actions. Living life to the fullest requires you to let go of the baggage you are carrying around because of what others have done to you, just as it does for those who are holding on to what you have done to them. None of us are innocent.

Love–In Luke 6:32, Jesus says, “If you do good only to those who do good to you, what praise should you get? Even sinners do that! I encourage you to read the whole chapter in context, but the bottom line is that He wants us to be like Him. Later in the chapter, Jesus also says, “Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy. Be sure to tell those people in your life who mean so much to you that you love them and appreciate them. But remember that we have a Christian command to love all people. This doesn’t mean that we have to be best friends with everyone we meet, but I have found that I can have a Christian love for all people desiring to educate them on the love of Jesus Christ, even if I don’t like them very much. That only happens when we ask God to help us in this area, He knows we are human and He will also help us if we ask Him.

Donate–In Mark 12:43-44, Jesus calls His followers to Him and says, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all those rich people. They gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had; she gave all she had to live on.” Why not go through your closets, and if find anything you haven’t worn or used in the past year, box it and take it to a place where those who are less fortunate will benefit from your donation. Get your children involved! If you don’t have any extras and you don’t have any money, donate your time! The reason the widow gave all she had is because she knew God would take care of her. Holding on to the stuff we have is unhealthy for us, we have to remember what’s really important in life and Jesus will reward us for it. It’s an awesome high to help others, and it gets our minds off of our problems. Also, when others see you giving, it encourages them to give! Pay it forward!

Praise–Psalms 145:18-19 says, “The Lord is close to everyone who prays to Him, to all who truly pray to Him. He gives those who respect Him what they want. He listens when they cry, and He saves them.” My goodness people, why wouldn’t we do that for ourselves? Praising our Father for all He has done doesn’t cost us a thing, and it brings Him closer to us!!! So please make time to praise our Lord, with a pure heart, realizing all the gifts He has already given us.

 These five things will make a difference in your life, if you are intentional and focused, they will make you a happier person. Jesus said if we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us. We have to remember that He is a gentleman, He will not force Himself on us, we must be willing to go to Him. I’m praying for you, and I hope you will pray for me. We are all sinners and we all are dependent on the mercy of Jesus Christ, Praise His Name!

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