"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" - Col 1:27 (NIV).
The veteran church pastor and US radio broadcaster, Dr David Jeremiah, has raised in one of his sermons, has anyone ever asked you, "How come the way you are!" Such a remark would not be a put down one, but of one who is dumbfounded at how someone can manoeuvre through life not given to worry, quite joyful and not troubled by the things that ruffle so many!
When the scripures point out, "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Cor 4:4), it is not just that. Blinded from the saving power of Christ Satan grips non believers to be obsessed with the world. Blinded there are restless in their craze to have the world and can go at great lengths to achieve that sole but ultimately futile purpose.
But the believer is one who has set his " mind on things above, not on earthly things" (Col 3:3). All that what which would ordinarily trouble so many is rather temporal and quite not worth the stress. It is not that the believer is not interested in this world, where God has created him for a purpose, but there is a more glorious place worth focusing on in the end. Given this, the believer portrays a certain sense of peace and serenity which a non believer can't handle.
So, that is why many non believers are confused about believers with their happy and relaxed lifestyle. The things that keep non believers up at night and or all day fighting for, are not that worth the stress, for they have a greater hope in Christ Jesus. Next time a non believer wonders why you are so different, just note that it is an affirmation of the power of Christ working in you!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I think you for this hope that I have in you, which has made all the difference in my life, and 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.