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And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36)
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 34:1 – 36:13
Relate: I was on a soccer team that was terrible. We were bad. It was my first year where I was playing keeper rather than midfield as my primary position. In my hubris I would like to think the coach was thinking, “At least we might have a bunch of 0-0 ties” but I wasn’t nearly as good at the position as I would become. If I remember right, we tied two games, and lost the rest. Both of the ties came fairly early in the season. After a while we were just going through the motions. We knew how bad we were and that just made us worse. We knew we couldn’t win and it became a self fulfilling prophesy. I really feel sorry for our coach. By the end of the season he couldn’t get us to do our drills in practice for nothing. We just didn’t believe and so we simply wouldn’t obey.
React: I think I know a few people who respond spiritually the same way a lot of us on that team played. There might be a lot of going through the motions, but there isn’t a lot of true belief. That is exactly what legalism is. I’m going to obey because it is the right, it is the respectable thing to do. I am going to go to church because I don’t want to hear my spouse nagging me about it all the time. I’ll even clap my hands and sing the songs because that way I can blend in better. But following the rules without believing in the Rule giver is like trying to go through those soccer drills while fully believing we will lose our next game 5-0. There is no real motivation because there is no purpose behind it.
In this last verse of John 3 believe and obey are linked. Those who believe will experience eternal life, but those who do not obey will never have it. The fact is, you can’t really have one without the other. If I really believe we can win the championship then I will obey the coach. If I really believe Christ has saved me, then I will live like I’m saved. But if I think that’s just a bunch of religious platitudes and that preacher isn’t truly grounded in the real world I live in then I simply cannot obey. Yes, I might be able to go through the motions for a while but it will be hard, miserable drudgery rather than the joy of an abundant life. Faith motivates obedience and obedience builds faith. The more you do one, the more you will see of the other.
God, You are great, mighty, awesome and powerful. You are the best and the greatest. You are majestic and glorious. You are wonderful. There is nothing greater and no one better. You are all. Thank You so much for the honor and privilege of the invitation of being on Your team. Thank You for the joy of being able to ride with You all the way to victory. You win. We win. Every time. Jesus, I believe in You.
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1 Corinthians 6:19-20… Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (NKJV)
Good Word !! Put others ahead of ourselves !!
Blessings in Christ, bruce
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Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. (John 4:31-34)
Read: Joshua 22:1 – 24:33
Relate: What is your cause? What do you live for? What gets you excited? I want to jump back to the beginning of November a few years back. I’m going to change a name and a little bit about the situation, but I remember meeting with a student who was really having a hard time. He was going through one of those messy relationship break ups that most high school students have at least once or twice. At the same time he had been in a fight with…
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“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV)
The things that matter most in a Christian’s work life are not the same things that matter to the rest of the world. It’s not the dollar amount of their paychecks, the impressiveness of their business cards, the prestige they have earned within their trade, or the position they hold within their company. It’s not even about their productivity or the quality of their work – although hard work is certainly an honorable pursuit. Instead, when it comes to their jobs, what matters most is the extent to which they model themselves after Christ from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.
When we attend church on the weekend, we are taught to become more like Christ in the way we live. The problem we encounter is that our intentions are good, but our minds become altered somewhere between Sunday and Monday. The realities of work often keep us from becoming Christ-like at our jobs. Some of these realities are work related, some are simply human nature, but all of them force God out of the forefront and onto the back burner. By Tuesday or Wednesday, our thoughts of God and living for Christ may have completely faded away.
From my experience, that’s a source of frustration for many Christians. We struggle with it. We feel guilty about it. We may even recommit to do things differently, but somehow we manage to backslide and leave Christ out of our lives – just when we need Him the most!
Perhaps you too have had personal experience with this. Maybe you’ve made some effort to apply your faith in the workplace, only to be discouraged by the results. Perhaps you’ve even reached the point of concluding that real, enduring change is hopeless. It’s not. It’s just a matter of seeing things more clearly – maybe for the first time in your life. And then it’s simply a matter of cooperating with God to defeat the things standing between you and our Savior.
What’s keeping you from being more Christ-like in your job and in your career? What are the barriers that stand in your way? Ask God to give you the strength you need to become more like Christ in your workplace! Your job is an important mission field. Keep Christ “alive” twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!
Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”
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