2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)
“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster
My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly. It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.
My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.
Luke 18:28-30 – Peter said to Him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and in the age to come, eternal life.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Few have to make these kinds of sacrifices for God, but when they do, it is a comfort to know that they will receive back many times over.
My Advice – Do not fret over things sacrificed for God. After all, they were only temporary anyway.
Matthew 25:5 – “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We all want to do great things for God. So much so, that we have a tendency to neglect the small things. God measures by how faithful we are to the task, not by how big the task is.
My Advice – Pay attention to and do not neglect the “small” things of God. You are not ready for the big things until you’ve been faithful in the small things.
Matthew 20:24-28 – “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – The values of this world have it backwards. We strive to get ahead so that others will serve us. God calls us to value the role of a servant. The best leaders are those that are good at serving.
My Advice – Do not let your accomplishments or position in life go to your head. Always be willing to serve others, even if (especially if) they are “beneath” you. Everyone was beneath Jesus, yet He came down to serve us. We are not better than He is. Learn from His example.
Matthew 6:19 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in a steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Life is about priorities. If our priorities are fame and fortune, our hearts will be motivated by greed and pride. If our priorities are the things of God, them we will be motivated by satisfaction and humility.
My Advice – Hold on loosely to the things of this world. Its treasures, fame and accomplishments do not last and can be lost in a heartbeat. Seek to acquire real wealth and recognition. The things you do for God and the things you do to build a Godly character will last forever and cannot be lost.
Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – These are all things that God desires for us. His might saves us so He can delight in us, love us and rejoice over us.
My Advice – God has richly blessed your life. Show your gratitude to Him by continuing to live a life that He delights in and rejoices over.
Isaiah 55:11 – [S]o is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – As a blogger, it is easy to become discouraged at times. You write a blog that you feel particularly good about and receive no comments, likes or shares and very few views. You begin to ask yourself, why am I doing this? This is a question we should continually ask ourselves. If we are doing it for the comments, likes, shares or number of views, then perhaps we are doing it for the wrong reason (perhaps our own glory?). But if we are doing solely for the glory of God (soli Deo Gloria), statistics are not the point.
If God has called us to the ministry of blogging, He merely calls us to be faithful. Being faithful does not always mean being “successful.” At least in terms of statistics. Jesus had a mere twelve followers and lost one, but look what happened. When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV 1984)
But if the words we are blogging are in reality going out from the “mouth” of God (we should be so blessed), then they will not return empty, but will accomplish whatever He desires. As a blogger, I may never actually see the results, and the results can never really be measured by comments, likes, shares or views. But if He uses any blog of mine to accomplish just one of His purposes, that will be statistic enough.
My Advice – Blog on, soli Deo gloria!