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21/11/2021 03:00 - 22/11/2021 02:00

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” - Gal 6:10 (NIV).

The family is certainly the most important institution responsible not just for our upbringing but well being. Jesus was raised in a family headed by a carpenter, Joseph, and a stay home mother, Mary. She was with him as he was crucified. “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25).

But aside from his biological family Jesus had also a spiritual family of the brethren. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the disciples (John 20), for this was his other most important family. Before Jesus had told “the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home” (John 19:27).

God has given us a biological family which we must treasure, as we see here his mother and Aunt standing with him as he was crucified. However, one of the privileges of being a believer is that we have also a spiritual family of the brethren. In the early church, “all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had” (Acts 2:44). After the Apostle Peter was released from jail, “he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying” (Acts 12:2).

The spiritual family as we see here was praying for one of its members who had just been arrested. It is a privilege we have for this family. In the early church we do notice also that the believers looked after one another, concerned with their common welfare.

As we live in an individualistic and materially driven society we often tend to loose focus of this and ignore that as believers we have this rich family from God, where we depend on each other. A clear characteristic of any family is care. In fact, the Lord is telling us, “that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (I Cor 12:25-26). A true manifestation of God’s family.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for my biological family but also that family of brethren you have given me because of faith in Jesus, and I pray that we care for one another as you have urged us, in Jesus’s name I pray.

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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.