“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”- Isaiah 52:7 (NIV).
One of the characteristics of the early church was eagerness to share good news of what God had done. We see that with the first missionary team of Paul and Barnabas who never lost a moment once an opportunity rose. “The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them” (Acts 15:3-5).
There are always two significant outcomes whenever good news of what God has done is shared. First, the person who is sharing is encouraged as those he shares with affirm his testimony. But even more those he shares with are too encouraged, if not moved to hear these good news. Testimonies can lift up one whose faith is on a low keel. There are heartwarming and inspiring stories to those that receive them that theirs is a good and solid cause. This is why sharing testimonies is one of the key characteristics of the Christian life.
Now if there is anything which all Christians have in common is that every believer has a testimony. No believer who has walked with Christ can be without a testimony of something good and powerful God has done in his life, worthy sharing. However, unfortunately while some believers are so eager to share a good report just like Paul and Barnabas, some others are rather shy about it. They will hold on to all the good things God has done for them close to their chest denying others all the opportunity to hear and be moved of God’s wonderful grace.
But isn’t that sad! Why be like one who enjoys a delicious meal beneath blanket covers, perhaps for fear of someone snatching the dish away. The one thing we should all know is as we share of God’s wonderful deeds in our lives, so he blesses us more. And perhaps here you may ask, when was the last time you called up someone to testify of the goodness of the Lord in your amazing life!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to give testimony how so good you have been to me, taking me through the valley and blessing me more than I deserve, for the glory of your kingdom, and I am so full of thanks, 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.