“that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” - John 17:21 (NIV).
Almost all sports league have majors and minors. For example, the English Premier League has the premier league consisting of 20 clubs which are the finest. Every season the bottom four are relegated to the 72 clubs below in the minor league, as an equal number is promoted. The National Basketball Association in the US has 30 of the finest teams, which features the best basket ballers, but there is also the lesser known minor Basketball League.
Minor leagues tend to play in smaller, less elaborate venues and have lesser fan bases, with much smaller revenues and offer less salaries. In most case they are simply used to develop players for major leagues. The thing is few players, if any, want to end up all their days playing in minor leagues, though it happens.
In the Christian life there is also something like playing in the major and minor league. By major league here we refer to being engaged with issues that are the heart of the Gospel, which is to know Christ and make Him known. There is also playing in the minor league by being engaged with important issues, though of far less weight, such as who is right when it comes to determining the right hour for prayers, or, should believers eat meat slaughtered by non-believers!
When the Apostle Paul encountered such disputes among the brethren, his simple advice was, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14: 19). Earlier he points out, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval” (vv 17-18).
In Paul’s days the issue was about eating meat which caused a lot of dissension. In our times we still have those issues that come up every now and then, which end up causing rift among the brethren. Of course you know them, without naming! The question is, are these the majors or the minor issues of our salvation in Christ! And yes, one could choose to play in the minors, and still remain a player, yet the desire of most is to graduate and make it to the major league.
Today, when you come across contentious issues among the brethren, take a pause, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you if this is a major or minor issue, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:3). Then decide where to play.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, Creator of heaven and earth, I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth and I pray to be open for His guide, especially when dealing with matters of disagreement among the brethren, 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.