"Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future" - Hebrews 3:5 (NIV).
There was a certain home of a Reverand with a dozen lively children. They knew their father for a living testified of God's love at the pulpit. The children loved going to church because it was time to experience some relief. For once they were back home a certain terrror was unleashed upon them. Their muscled father would throw away his Bible, pull out his belt to teach them a lesson upon the minutest infraction. No one was spared- including their long suffering mother.
Once the children became adults they fled the terror. There was only one who eventually returned to look after her mother in old age. But once she passed on she left back for her city job. The Reverand died a lonely man in a nursing facility.
There is a saying "actions speak louder than words"! While the Reverand was famous throughout his life for testifying of God's love, his actions were the very opposite back home. The children grew up resentful and filled with bitterness aware of this hypocrisy. They couldn't wait for the earliest chance to abandon him.
As believers we are mandated to go out and testify the Good News of God's love through His son Jesus Christ (Mat 24:14). But what happens if someone who knows us so well does not see any of that love reflected in the manner we treat those closest to us? Wouldn't that weaken our testimony! May God help us live our testimony in both words and deeds!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you help me share my testimony not just in words but in deeds, which are just as powerful, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.