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11/06/2023 - 12/06/2023 All day

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Rev 3:20).

A certain student desparately wanted to get into a top elite school. One person advised him that he might not survive the competetion there. Nonetheless he insisted. No sooner had he got there than he realised his mistake. Everyone, starting with the teachers, were all talking above him. He struggled to catch up but it was a futile battle. He failed to make the grades to be promoted.

When he dropped out he decided to join a less competetive school. Immediately he noticed this school accepted him for what he was. It embraced his average marks and started working with him from that point. No longer under pressure to perform the way the last elite school was, he flourished and excelled.This was the right environment he needed all along!

What do the scriptures mean when we are told that our God accepts us as we are! Romans 15:7 says “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God”. There are many relationships where one has to strive to be accepted. In fact, if you fall off the expected standards you are rejected. But here, like this student in a welcoming school, we see Christ accepts as the way we are here. And it is from here that he starts working a new life in us.

This should be an encouragement to everyone. And also, for believers, a caution not to become stumbling blocs, to those who wish to know Christ in earnest, by setting up impossible standards other than, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mathew 11: 28-30).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a privilege to know we have a God who accepts us as we are, to begin a new wonderful work in us, and with gratefulness, all this we 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.