There are professionals in about every subject and field known. It’s human nature to want to be the best at something. If we don’t strive for best, why do we try? I’m thankful doctors and teachers and inventors keep trying in order to improve on their skills. We have a wonderful world filled with incredible people and ideas because we keep trying. Since the beginning of time, however, our human nature has gotten us into trouble. Eve wanted to know what it would be like to know what God knows although she and Adam were told NOT to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Many folks in positions of power and control believe that they are invincible and immortal. When everything in life is going good and everyone’s happy, we have a tendency to think we have done something right and we receive all the credit. God deals directly by the laws of Moses and usually the opposite of human nature. When everything is going well, we tend to take our eyes of God. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:12 “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” God wants us to depend on Him for all our needs. He wants to give the rules, He wants to hold our hand through the storm and He wants us to give Him Glory for all things whether good or bad. Just remember, the higher you are, the harder you will fall.
James Fraser describes being Christ-like:
“It is all IF and WHEN, I believe the devil is fond of those conjunctions. The plain truth is that the Scriptures never teach us to wait for opportunities of service, but to serve in just the things that lie next to our hands. The Lord bids us work, watch and pray; but Satan suggests, wait until a good opportunity for working, watching and praying presents itself—and needless to say, this opportunity is always in the future. Since the things that lie in our immediate path have been ordered of God, who shall say that one kind of work is more important and sacred than another? I believe it is no more necessary to be faithful in preaching the Gospel than in washing the dishes. It is not for us, in any case, to choose out work. And if God has chosen it for us, hadn’t we better go straight ahead and do it, without waiting for anything greater, better or nobler?” God is calling us to “wash the feet” of those we see everyday. Be a servant NOW!
Akin, Daniel, 10 Who Changed the World.
Since the world has been civilized, there’s been folks pretending to be civilized. It’s sad, but true. If you are one who sees the best in others, be weary before fully trusting. It is more difficult these days to spot the fake or counterfeit. If you survived high school, then you know about “friends” who aren’t really your friends. The Bible tells us to watch out for counterfeits in our lives because they are here. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved”.
How do we survive this kind of life? Who do we trust? God gives us encouragement in verse 15 “stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you”. Knowing the truth within God’s Word tells us how to know the difference in real and counterfeit. Keep God’s Word in your heart!
Jesus gives us the attitudes that not only glorify Him but allow us to live successful lives. Just off the top of your head, I bet you can’t name the number one attitude to be! (positive?), (in control?), (authoritative?) These attitudes work well in business and leadership roles all over the world. The President of US has these qualities and needs them for his position. But they don’t even make the list where God’s concerned. God’s valuable attitudes of living include: poor in spirit, mourning, meek, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, and persecuted. How can anyone with these attitudes accomplish anything in life. I’m depressed even reading them. These people are the little nuns that run the half-way house for the homeless. These attitudes cannot produce success in our world. YOU’d be right! Jesus says when we have these attitudes, only then is GOD able to work through us. With God working through our empty, humble lives, amazing miracles can happen. We may not become a huge success in this world, but in Heaven, we will be given crowns of glory!
Choose the “be”attitudes for three weeks and see what a difference your life can be. Matthew 5:1-10
Being is the fact of existing; living thing. God created us, human beings to exist. Our purpose in life is to “be” what God wants us to be. He created us for a purpose. What is your purpose? Ask God and He will tell you. All the answers are in the Bible when we read and converse with God. “Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world” (Psalms 46:10). Whether we participate or not, God will be honored. He made us, living things, to honor Him. Do you find yourself busy doing work for God? Stop. A. Moment. Be still and just praise God for letting you “BE”.