Ã¢â‚¬ÂGod made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doingÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (Ephesians 2:10 NCV).
Before you were born, God had already decided what contribution he wanted you to make with your life. God didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t put you on this planet just to take up space, to use resources, and to die. No! He put you here to serve him by serving others.
And nobody else can be you. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t serve God the way he intended for you to serve him, then the world misses that part of the jigsaw puzzle.
Another name forÃ‚Â good worksÃ‚Â isÃ‚Â ministry. Anytime you use your talents and abilities to help somebody else, you are actually ministering to them. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10,Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s many kinds of blessingsÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (TLB).
You know the talents that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got? TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not for your benefit. God gave you your talents for the benefit of other people. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why nobodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got it all together. God wired the universe so that we would need each other.
When you get to heaven, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to love God, so he wants you to practice now. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to love other people in heaven, so he wants you to practice now. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to grow spiritually in heaven, so he wants you to practice now. And youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to serve God in heaven, so he wants you to practice now.
You serve God by serving others. On Earth itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s impossible to serve God directly. The only way you can serve God on Earth is by serving other people. So anytime you help somebody else, God says itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing it for him. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re practicing on Earth what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to do for eternity.