DEVOTION - ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE JOB? Am I a Minimum Wage Christian? Hebrews 4:2 (NIV) For we also have had the Gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with Faith. (Action) What Tools do I use to increase my wages? GOD TOOLS T-alent 1 Peter 4:10(AMP) As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as (benefits) good trustees of God’s many-sided grace (faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor.) Talent is the door you will use for the job God has provided. O-bligation Numbers 30:2(NIV) When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. Obligation is the loyalty that gains trust for more responsibility. O-bedience Romans 6:16(AMP) Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? Deuteronomy 5:32-33(MSG) So be careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Walk straight down the road God commands so that you’ll have a good life and live a long time in the land that you’re about to possess. Psalm 128:1-2(MSG) All you who fear God, how blessed you are! How happily you walk on his smooth straight road! You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in goodness! Obedience is the process to promotion/higher wages. L-ove Corinthians 13:4-8(NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Love is what creates humility and gains us respect for leadership. It is very hard to find any job that only takes one tool. That is why I believe we must have tools! S-avior Matthew 1:21(NIV) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. Here is most of us, though…Psalm 39:22(NIV) Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior! The Savior is our strength (LEVERAGE) for the job we are called to and the pre-requisite to our employment in the workplace of the Lord. The devil uses the “You Tool” for everyone including Guilt, Lust, Condemnation, Pride, etc. or the three W’s it seems when it comes to men, WOMEN, WEALTH or WINE. A tool is something you have to make an effort to get. It doesn’t just show up in your hand. Will you make the effort to grab the next tool that God wants to use in your life? God did use a unique tool to get the job done for you and I, THE CROSS! - Heath Mason
- Great word Heath. God's word says that if we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us so I love where you added that it takes effort to use tools. How much effort do we want to put into a great relationship with God? Are we using Harbor Freight (world) tools or are we using Lowes Craftsman lifetime warranty (Kingdom) tools?
- LOVE it, Heath. I am sooooo enjoying these devotions.... They have inspired me, encouraged me, and distracted me from all the negative stuff that is clamoring for my attention! Thank God, for Godly saints who 'are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people who show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light!!!' I Peter 2:9 KJVish…..