My words are wise because my message is from God… As inspired by the Holy Spirit… Be blessed as you read and meditate…Phillipians 4:8
LIFE AND WORK
Text : Matthew 21:28 – 30
“…A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’
He answered and said, ‘I will not.’, but afterward he regretted it and went… “
The parable continues to verse 30…
REAL WORK IS…
In response to their question, “What shall we do to work the works of God? ‘ Jesus answered the people,
“Don’t work for perishable food…’ “
In another translation it says, “Don’t work for possessions…”
(For further details, read Jeremiah 48:7 & Matthew 6:19-33).
In John 6:30 Jesus asked, “What work will you do…? “
And from his references to work, especially with his own life, I came to understand work from God’s perspective; that is, what real work is.
Real work is : what God does through you (by his power at work in you) more than what you do….
Nicodemus, marvelling at the dimension of Jesus’s result in his ministry, said to him,
“… for no man can do these signs that you do except God be with him! ” (Read John 3:2-8).
Only the work that God does through you by his own power and by his own might actually has a record in heaven, while men keep record of the work you do on your job, business, career or profession that you get salary or income for.
That was what Jesus meant by “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… ” (Mattw 6:20).
AS THE WORK SO THE LIFE…
So, real work as God originally ordained for man is:
☆ Work that heaven treasures…
☆ Work that manifests heaven on earth…
☆ Work that enables God to reach and touch humanity with his love and goodness – Acts 10:38; Acts 11:19.
☆ Work that has eternal and not temporal value…
☆ Work that advertises the reality of God amongst men…
☆ Work that puts a heavy demand on your divine potentials and God-given gifts and talents, more than on your intellectual and academic training or prowess – Read Matthew 25:14-15.
☆ Work that is in the pursuit of God’s purpose for sending you to this earth – Ecclesiastes 3:17; Matthew 1:21; 1John 3:8.
☆ Work that is a product of Christ living out his person and life in you… Colossians 1:27
☆ Work that is a product of the Spirit and power of God working in you to produce results (impact) that transcend generations; that last for eternity – 1 Corinthians 2:4
☆ Work whose results and impact prove that the life you have, and are living is of God – John 14:10; 1John 3:2; Acts 2:22…
☆ Work that glorifies God on the earth…Jesus said to the Father in John 17:4,
“Father… I have glorified thee on the on earth; I have finished the work you gave me to do… “
☆ Work that is a product of divine life (the life God-zoe) in you; not as a result of human will and efforts (Zechariah 4:6; Phillipians 2:13)…
Because as the life, so the work (John 3:2); and as the work so the life (3John2).
That is, the character and quality of your work, is a function of the life you have…
If you function with just human life, you can only get results that human beigns can get. And if you function with the life of God in you, you will get the same dimension of results that God will get…
(… to be continued )
If someone had asked me about 5/6 years ago what my greatest fear was, I’d readily answer “Growing old”. Lol yes! I was terribly scared of the thought of growing old. I knew I wanted to live long, but I didn’t want to think of myself in my “grays”, the thought just terrified me.
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Q : “Ma, boys believe that when you refuse to have sex with them during friendship, that you don’t love them. What do we do?
ADA EZEKA : Well, my dear, first of all, you have to decide whether you want to live for guys or for God. Be your own Lord, your own master (read Proverbs 25:28).
Let the Word of God control you and dictate your mindset (read Psalm 119:9, 11; Colossians 3:16).
Be so God-conscious. Let it determine your thoughts and your choices. Because if your mind is polluted your whole life will be polluted. I tell you! And a polluted mind can never produce a great life. Sanctify your thoughts for a great destiny.
I once heard Myles Monroe say, “Be so busy serving God that He has to disturb you to get married.” Yes!
Any man or boy that defiles you has taken something very precious from you that can never be recovered. Don’t let anyone do that to you young girl!
Girls, create such a fire around you that discourages that spirit of lust in the guys. Sex is good; sex is not a sin; but it’s only for a male and female who are married to each other.
That’s why 1Corinthians 7:2 says: “But because of sexual immorality, let every man have his own wife and every woman her own husband. “
We also read in Genesis 4:1 that Adam had sex with “his WIFE (not his girlfriend) Eve…”
Listen to me young girl, any man that insists on having sex with you before he marries you is not your husband; he’s a destiny-destroyer; run for your life!
There’s a divine connection between sex and your destiny that goes beyond the momentary pleasure it gives. And wearing condom can’t stop what happens when you indulge in sex with somebody who is not your husband/wife (read 1Corinthians 6:16).
Please, live for tomorrow; live for purpose, not just for pleasure! Those who have a vision of a great tomorrow don’t mess with sexual immorality today! Yes!