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02/02/2022 03:00 - 03/02/2022 02:00

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" - Ephesians 2:10 (NIV).

There is a tradition which is fast disappearing in Uganda, involving the weaving of a mat. In the olden days one of the past time activities for women was using dried reeds to weave together a colourful tapestry of a mat then used for seating. Seeing an experienced mat weaver use her hands to delicately put one together was quite moving, especially as it all unfolded from one single reed into one huge mat.

No mat weaves itself and there must be a weaver who puts it together. The Apostle Paul has also compared our lives to a mat- with God weaving pieces of each of our fragments into a beautiful creation. Now some of the fact about mat weaving is that it takes time, which the most experienced know well. For any of us to grow into the person God desires of us is a process, where God is patient with us as He puts us together.

A difference through here is that for any mat those reeds do not have a choice or a will of their own to excuse themselves. In our case we do have the wherewithal to agree to be part of God's handiwork or not. God never forces anyone into salvation. It is always a personal choice!

Christians are privileged that not only do they have the best creator, one who put together the planets in their order, but can gladly rest assured that even for those things not clear or uncertain in their lives, He has them at heart and in the end a tapestry will emerge. So, today, all should rest that whatever challenges one may be encountering, it is God at work, and just wait for His finished product.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy to know I am your handiwork and everyday you are perfecting me into a beautiful creation, to ever worship you, and for this I thank you, 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.

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