And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. – Hebrews 13:16
I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I get tired of doing good and sharing. Because it seems like it never “pays off”. You do something good for someone on your job and they stab you in the back. You share something with someone and they turn around and spread lies about you. Its like you cannot win no matter which way you go. And its only natural that you end up feeling this way because this is the view of someone who is looking for their reward here on Earth.
But notice what the text says, that God is pleased. If we shift our view from the earthly to the eternal we would understand clearer that our reward is not here. We would understand that the experience of being repaid evil for good is that of Christ Himself. And we would also understand that if we continue to do good for others and to share that the “pay off” will be better than we could ever imagine. So keep on pressing on my friends and continue to do good. Even when you get tired of doing so.
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
Proverbs 17:28 NASB
We talk too much and often times about nothing that matters. I’m very glad for this passage today as it is speaking directly to me. Sometimes the less we say the better off we are especially when our actions can speak for us. We are people of the Most High God and as such we need to be very careful in what we say. For Christ didn’t go around rambling and speaking willy-nilly, on the contrary He was very pointed with His words, each one having immense value when uttered and having immeasurable power in them.
May we also learn the value of silence.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
Revelation 22:21 NASB
Sometimes you have to think about the end of the book. And it’s interesting that the last words of scripture convey the thought of the grace of Jesus be with us. And indeed the grace of Christ is that which can carry us through the difficult times. It is through grace that we have been saved. So I think it is most important that we remember these things in our daily lives.
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
Romans 15:7 NASB
This passage is something most church members refuse to do. Mostly because we forget how wretched we were (praise God) when we came to know the Lord. It’s time for the people of God to stop judging one another and allow God to work in people’s lives as He has worked in our own.
You don’t have to be perfect when you come to Him, you just have to want to be perfect. Thankfully for us He who holds the power to make us perfect will receive us.
The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.
Proverbs 29:25 NASB
The more I think about scripture the more I realize that this thing really isn’t complicated. We make it complicated, which is probably why sin sucks so much. As I continue to think about scripture I keep seeing this pattern: God does for us, God asks us to believe, God does more for us, God says have faith, so on and so forth.
So why we ever place any belief in man, that should be reserved for God, is beyond me. Yet we do it. But as the proverb says today that belief in man is a snare (and indeed who hasn’t believed in someone and then felt let down when that person didn’t live up to expectations?)
God never fails. Always comes through. That’s where I’m putting my trust.
Doubt. Five letters that put together are one of the greatest threats to us as believers. You see doubt can lead to unbelief. And it is very easy to doubt because when God doesn’t show up on your schedule or do what you want Him to do, there is a tendency to doubt that He is who He said He is. So how do we keep from doubting?
We have to remember the promises of the Living God. We need to see that we have a roof over our heads. We need to feel the clothes we have, taste the food we can eat. We must remember that He cares for us on a level that we can only imagine. And if all of that was to fail, we can look to the cross and to an empty tomb.
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
1 John 5:20 NASB
Sometimes I think we overlook an important aspect of Christ’s ministry on Earth and that is His coming to show us the Father. It’s one of the things He hints at all throughout His time on Earth. And in showing us a glimpse of who the Father really is we have a better understanding of which side we should choose. The text points it out for us, that Christ came to give us understanding of Him who is true. But if we choose not to look at Christ then it’s no wonder why we don’t understand Him who is true.
So let’s pray for understanding and look to Christ so that we may also see the Father.