September 1, 2012

Talent and Favors

Whatever we do, do it as if we're giving the LORD our work. Excel at the small things first, then He'll give ways to the greater responsibility.

God's measurement is different from the world's. He doesn't care whether you're a CEO or housekeeper. Earning more money doesn't make you more respectable or worthy of His love. Everybody reserves the same seat beside the Almighty in heaven. Salvation is an absolute – it’s either 0 or 1. When you believe, you’re saved. When you don’t you’re not.

Present Him your heart and your sweat, and He'll increase your capacity.

If you're brainier, study more and teach more.
If you're richer, earn more and give more.
If you're artsier, create more and offer more.
If you're worker, do more and create more.

At the end of the day, outward appearance may be deceiving and we can always hide our selfish ambition by doing a "supposedly generous act". If you're truly in it for God's cause, you'll know. God knows. Besides, people will be able to tell if your actions really stem from a genuine heart or not. Noone can mask a heart forever..

1 Samuel 16:7
“Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

1 Corinthians 15:58
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

My church gave a sermon about this matter weeks ago. It’s about God increasing our capacity bit by bit as we work our sweats off through our life responsibilities. The main idea is.. sometimes God wants to bless us so much, but at the same time, He knows whether we’re capable of receiving those blessings or not. Blessing is a double-edged sword. God’s blessing can either prosper us or destroy us.

Ouch‼ At the back of my mind I always know that I want to get rich and live a happy, comfortable life (just being honest). But I also know that sometimes I still doubt my strength and character. Will I still be this attached to God if I suddenly become a billionaire tomorrow? Will I frantically lose my way? Will I got swept away by the current? Will I actually destroy my very own life?

Not everybody can handle wealth. So right now, I’ll just focus myself on doing what’s in my hands and be excellent. He’ll definitely open ways…DEFINITELY. And oh this is so my mom’s advice..

Anyway, check out this funny dudes on "Everyday I'm study-ing" lol. Remind me of those happy-go-lucky college days. Time does fly.