Faithful Workers

Friday, October 20                     

Unfortunately, the positive pattern described in yesterday’s blog doesn’t always happen.  Human beings with their remnants of the sin nature still hanging around, are susceptible to making bad choices.  Letting the cares of this world influence decisions will turn us away from the job assigned to us.  Neglecting the Word of God, a minimal and weak prayer life, or not dealing with a known sin can play havoc with God’s plans for our lives.  There are lots of N.T. passages that deal with this.  Col. 3:2-3.  “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”  Heb. 12:1-2.  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus . . .”  1 John 2:15.  “Do not love the world or anything in the world.”  Love is a key issue here.  When Jesus evaluated the Ephesian church in Rev. 2:1-7, his main criticism was that they had lost their first love.  If love is not the core of our faith and doesn’t motivate us to “good works,” we will never fulfill God’s purpose in saving us.  I don’t want to be like the man in the parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14-30) who buried his talent in the ground and did not produce a profit.  Escaping hell fire is wonderful, but I don’t want to stand before my work supervisor empty handed.  I prefer to hear him say ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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