Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Commit Your Work to the Lord

6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:6. ESV.)

Commit your work to the Lord, 
and your plans will be established.
 (Proverbs 16:3. ESV.)

I suppose I could be doing a great many things during the day (and night).  But what is most worth the time and energy?

Time

Revelation 1:7 tells me,
7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
 EVERY eye will see Him!  For me (who places faith and trust in God and His word) this is exciting encouragement to focus on things that are pleasing to God.  Further, Isaiah 51:6 says,
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
   and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
   the earth will wear out like a garment,
   and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
   and my righteousness will never be dismayed.
 The things of this world will pass away, our earthly treasures and possessions will "wear out like a garment" (or be destroyed or stolen), but God, His Son, and His word are ours forever.

Effort

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.  (1 John 5:3. ESV.)

With GRACE "His commandments are not burdensome".

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or WHATEVER you do, do ALL to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31. ESV.  Emphasis added.)

Working in Relationships

Being in a relationship (of any sort) is work but one which is unequally yoked is exceptionally difficult (if not nearly impossible).  Like two oxen, if you will, linked up to pull the plow.  If one is using its strength and might and the other is barely moving, and acting more as a dead weight than anything else, the first is going to get tired, overwhelmed, perhaps even frustrated and resentful.    

14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  (2 Corinthians 6:14. ESV.)

Deuteronomy 7:3: You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons,

Ephesians 5:11: Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Acts 26:18: to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

So, what exactly is meant by all that?  I look to Christ Jesus (of course) as an example.  He went out and was friendly with (and taught) those who did not believe.  (Though He was firm with the proud like the Pharisees.)  But His closest, most intimate relationships were with His disciples, His mother, Mary Magdalene, etc.  All of whom had a heart for God! 

16 Thus says the LORD: "Stand by the roads, and look,
   and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
   and find rest for your souls.
 (Jeremiah 6:16. ESV.)
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