When I was in sales I knew that my paycheck depended on my quality and quantity of work. The more diligent I was at doing my job the higher my paydays were. So I had plenty of incentive to go to work to work.
In our Christian lives we have a similar expectation. Our Lord wants us to do what He has set forth for us to do. We are all to pray, to assemble ourselves for fellowship, praise and worship, and we are to put God first in our lives, among other things.
If we are willing to put in long hours and work hard at our jobs for our paycheck, how much more should we work toward our ultimate payday, Heaven?
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
I tooled and carved this piece to be framed as a piece of art for the young kids’s Sunday school class at church. It is resisted with SuperSheen and antiqued with MinWax aged oak gel stain mixed with a little neetsfoot oil.
In his message tonight, Bro. Winford spoke on the light, both natural and spiritual. He used a good analogy of if we let our lights go dim on occasion we might be okay. But eventually if we keep on that path our light will “short circuit” and then we’ll have no light at all.
Dimming our lights are things of the world that we let slip ahead of Jesus. Our Lord never once did anything less that what He needed to do to become our Savior. Ought we not do everything He asks of us in return? What He requires of us is precious little compared to what was required of Him.
1Thes. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
This rose is a Peter Main design. I got the pattern from my guild’s library: the IILG. I carved it and then colored it using water color crayons, by dipping a shader brush into water, rubbing the brush on the crayon and then painting onto the leather. I then went back and did a little shading and blending. This is a technique I learned from another guild member. After the coloring was done I finished it with a couple of coats of Kiwi neutral shoe polish.
The rose is a birthday gift for a little girl we goto church with; her name is Madison, thus the rose’s name. Her favorite color is purple; that’s why I chose the purple background, which is craft foam sheets to raise the leather carving a bit for more depth.
I was watching an old movie the other day. The main characters were a young couple who were about to have their first child. They spent hours taking parenting classes, reading books on raising kids, just about everything you can imagine to get ready for the big event.
When the time finally arrived, the wife went into labor, they began to scramble about to get out of the house to go to the hospital. They couldn’t find anything they needed. The husband finally asked, in total distress, “Are your bags even packed?” In all their “preparation” they hadn’t remembered the most basis thing of packing a bag for the trip to the hospital.
Sometimes we are like this in our Christian lives. We wait for the Lord to call us to do something, all the while we are getting ready for what ever He may ask of us. Then, we we finally get that call from Him, we don’t even have a bag packed.
Daily study of His Word, prayer, and fellowshipping with His children are all part of that bag-packing, as is attending worship services as often as possible. We ought not to be like that young couple, busying ourselves with things that won’t be of much help when the time comes. Rather we ought to be about our Father’s business so when the time comes be of service to our Lord as He calls us we can answer confidently as Isaiah did.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Matthew 5:45b For (God) maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
As I sit listening to the sound of the rain falling, this verse of Scripture came to my mind. It makes me think about some of the things we spoke about in Wednesday evening’s service on prayer.
Sometimes we see a person be blessed by our God and wonder why He chose to do what He did. Well, I know I’ve had that line of thinking at times anyway. But I was wrong to think that. No matter what my reasoning might have been, trials I’m going though at the time, difficulties in my life, etc, it’s not my place to wonder why. What I should be doing is praying that through whatever God has done the person will see Jesus.
A tragedy has struck WV. I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the mining disaster in Raleigh County that has claimed the lives of, last I heard, 25 miners. Literally dozens of lives were changed in an instant when this terrible news was delivered. Folks expecting the routine return of husbands, grandfathers, brothers, and other loved ones learned that their lives had been snuffed out and that nothing would be routine about that day ever again.
Events such as these often bring about many thoughts to those of us that weren’t affected by the event. Most everyone will have a degree of thanks that one of their loved ones wasn’t in that mine. And most all of will feel for the ones who did.
It seems that when life is lost in such a mass, with no warning, that we will often think of our own mortality, too. Somehow these things make it a stark reality how precious and short life is and how quickly we can be taken out of this world into eternity.
Have you told the folks you care about that you do care about them lately? More importantly, have you spoken of the consequences of leaving this life unprepared with them? Take the time and do so the next chance you have; it may be the last one you (and they) have.
17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.