Day: April 3, 2013
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie Ten Boom
New International Version (NIV)
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
As a young man, J.C. Penny ran a butcher shop. He was told that if he gave a fifth of Scotch to the head chef in a popular hotel, the business of that hotel would be his. Penny did this for some time. Then he felt convicted that what he was doing was wrong. He discontinued the gifts of liquor and sure enough, lost the hotel’s business, causing him to go broke. God, however, had better things planned for him. In time, he began a merchandise business that grew into a nationwide enterprise.
Unsuccessful years alone don’t create success. Remaining true to principles and doing the right thing–even when you seem to be failing–produce success in time. I speak on this with authority because I compromised at my last job and it convicted me because of my beliefs. Just when I decided to “stand” my inner peace was restored, but it propelled me into destitution. I am confident in whom I believe, God is moving things around for me right now. I remember preaching a sermon titled: The preachers pay is not in the envelop. I also read a poem by an unknown writer that says it well:
Who does God’s work will get God’s pay,
However long may seem the day,
However weary be the way;
Though powers and princes thunder “Nay,”
Who does God’s work will get God’s pay.
He does not pay as others pay,
In gold or land or raiment gay;
In goods that vanish and decay;
But God in wisdom knows a way,
Who does God’s work will get God’s pay.
Behind every successful man there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.
Ruined reputation from the event that seperated you from your belief are not out of God’s reach to repair. I am confident that He handles everything assoicited with those who “Trust” HIm. Isn’t there something captivating about the sight of a person burdened with many trials, yet who is as lighthearted as the sound of a bell? Isn’t there something contagious and valiant in seeing others who are greatly tempted but are “more than conquerors? Isn’t it heartening to see a fellow traveler whose body is broken, yet who retains the splendor of unbroken patience?
What a witness these give to the power of God’s gift of grace!
When each earthly brace falls under,
And life seems a restless sea,
Are you then a God-held wonder,
Satisfied and calm and free?
Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.
Author: Albert Schweitzer
I am engrossed today in the study of Kindred having its obligations. All the daylong I have been in reflection about the condition of my Christian witness to others. I have been perplexed brothers whether or not if I am laboring in silence with a effectiveness & do I move in action with wisdom for Christ to reflect my gratitude of being spared from personal pain of my past and using It to help others in the diminishing of their pain.
There are three types of people in the world—those that wonder what happen, those that watch things happen, and those that make things happen. Thus it is with the Church of God today. There is a rich mixture of the three classes here mentioned. There is nothing wrong with any of these classes; they seemed to be involved in some type of activity. However if we analyze the activities that the wondering person, watchful person, and the working person are engaged, we will discover that the most productive is the working person. Nonetheless, if you were to really look at the three categories of individuality, you will soon find that each has a character flaw.
The wondering person is that “thinker” or “dreamer” to busy contemplating and in awestruck over the things that he could possibly do and not really at thought at the potential he could exploit of his/her self. The watchful person is that “spectator” or “couch potato” and is usually the one who asks the question “Did you see that?” That spectator is missing out on the opportunities that would be accessible to him if he weren’t so busy watching others take the advantage. Then there is the working person that “busy bee;” yes, he has a flaw too. He is so busy working and carrying on that he isn’t aware of what’s going on neither does he have time to reflect on anything that he just may have accomplished.
I noticed that if they were somehow connected and amalgamated, they would form a total package, a complete individual. For if you take the person who wonders what happens, who watch what happens, and make things happen and could somehow throw them in a huge human mixing bowl, you will come out with a person who wonders at what he has watched happen so that he may be able to know how to make things happen.
Well beloved with the up and coming evangelism series rapidly approaching I find myself perplexed about the condition of my willingness to perform this commission at work and still while in the library or the shopping mall, or the grocery store or in some neighborhood that is classified unworthy for me to be caught in whether performing the duties of a Reubenite or a Gadite. The Reubenites and Gadites would have been unbrotherly if they had claimed the land which had been conquered, and left the rest of the people to fight for their portions alone. We have received much by means of the efforts and sufferings of the saints in years gone by, and if we do not make some return to the church of Christ by giving her our best energies, we are unworthy I feel to be enrolled in her ranks.
Others are combating the errors of the age manfully, or excavating perishing ones from amid the ruins of the fall, and if we fold our hands in idleness we had need be warned, lest the curse of Meroz fall upon us.
Paul, in so many words, illustrates this point when he talks about the body of Christ. In I Corinthians12:13-27 [READ]. We are parts of the body of Christ. You and I. We have been placed here by God. It would be highly embarrassing if the feet of Christ were to travel to an evangelistic outing and when they got there the mouth wouldn’t say anything. The eyes aren’t the only organs of the body that rejoice in what is being watched. The body of Christ is a single unit composed of many components that come together to perform a singular goal.
Today, it is evident that the coagulation of the body is broken. Not broken in so much that each body part is doing something separate from the body but that when the body has asserted itself and has placed itself in a position to do something, it may find itself suffering from atrophy which is caused by some uselessness of certain faculty parts. Atrophy sets in because that body part is not connected to the Head, which is the center of control the nerve endings cease to function in that body part. So the body part sits there useless and inoperable ready to wither and become deformed.
In the days of the Judges of the children of Israel, we find that when it came time to perform the children of Israel experienced some atrophy in the body. In Judges 5:23, we find this vindictive statement:
Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
This curse came in the middle of a beautiful song of deliverance and praise sang by Deborah, a prophetess and judge of Israel. There is a certain deliberation going on in the mind of this fearless leader, which causes her to pause in the height of celebration over a decisive victory and prophetically recalls the angel of the Lord cursing Meroz and its inhabitants.
Deborah and Barak had gained a great victory in the Plain of Esdraelon and along the skirts of the mountain of Little Herman. Their enemy Sisera, captain of the Canaanite host, had fled away completely routed and this fierce strong leader of a woman who “judged Israel in those days,” and captain of the Israelite army, Barak, sang a splendid, proud song of the triumph. In it they recount the tribes who had come up to their duty, who had shared the labor and the glory of the war. And then, in the midst of the torrent of song, there comes this other strain of fiery indignation. One town, or village, Meroz, had hung back. Hidden away in some safe valley, it had heard the call, which summoned every patriot, but it knew it was in no danger. It had felt the shock of battle on the other side of the hills, and nestled and hid itself only the more snuggly. “Curse ye, Meroz, saith the angel of the Lord; curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.” It is a fierce vindictive strain. It bursts from the lips of an exalted furious woman. But it declares one of the most natural indignation’s of the human heart.
Brothers the master of the vineyard saith, ” Why stand ye here all the day idle?” What is the Idler’s excuse? Personal service of Jesus becomes all the more the duty of all because it is cheerfully and abundantly rendered by some. The toils of devoted missionaries and fervent ministers shame us if we sit still in indolence. Shrinking from trial is the temptation of those who are at ease in Zion; They would fain escape the cross and yet wear the crown; to them the question for this meditation/ study is very applicable. If the most precious are tried in the fire, are we to escape the crucible? If the diamond must be vexed upon the wheel, are we to be made perfect without suffering? Who hath commanded the wind to cease from blowing because our bark is on the deep? Why & wherefore should we be treated better than our Lord & Savior. The first born felt the rod, and why not the younger brethren?
I am in expectation of things within our ranks as son’s & daughter’s of the King of Kings to begin to live our life as a testimony and reflect Jesus appropriately in all we do. This is our reasonable service to do our part to add such as should be added to the kingdom by our actions, prayer life, alignment with each other and playing our positions at home and work with Integrity.