Who of you are you gonna feed?
The old self or the new man. The one you feed, wins.
Promotions typically come through faithfulness, tenacity, commitment, and results….Yet far too often that is the way we bargain with God. We want Him to take us to the next level of His plan for us before we commit to or master the level we are currently on. Maybe we do this because we don’t particularly care for His current assignment for us.
It could be that it isn’t very exciting, noteworthy, or fun. It might be mundane or even difficult work. But God has a reason for every season of your life—nothing is for naught. Sometimes your assignment is intended to test you; other times it is meant to train you. Perhaps God is using your work to develop a deeper level of faithfulness and commitment within you. Whatever it is, God has a reason for you being right where you are now.
God is watching your external actions just as much as He is watching your internal mindset. Let Him hear your thankfulness for what you have to be grateful for even if you are wanting Him to move you further in your destiny. Gratitude, rather than complaining, is God’s recipe for success.Tony Evans, Called for a purpose
God gave Adam work to do before sin entered the world. God worked to create the world for that matter. We were created in His image to create, multiply and even have dominion.
Our work varies during our seasons of life and from person to person but one thing is for sure as in all things we are called to put first things first.
Most certainly we have been equipped with various natural talents, we learn skills and even receive divine gifts of service. It’s really not so much of what we do, but how and why we do what we do.
To dig a bit deeper into work, action and faith, check out this formula I hypothesized.
Help me put first things first. May Your will be my honor. May your destiny be my way. Your Word instructs me. Your Spirit guides me. In You I live, I work and I have my utmost being. Please prosper me thru thick and thin, in Jesus’s name I pray.
We have natural talents and honed skills but spiritual gifts take it to another level. It’s like operating in ‘the zone’ more and more often. As a Christian, I know I have received at least one. I believe I have two or three. How about you?
We are called in this passage to use them well. And there is also our call for our personal participation required ‘use the well’. And we see one of our paramount life purposes: to serve others.
Here is another passage that compliments it.
This is awesome:
Many Christians fail to maximize their calling simply because they are not aware of their spiritual gifts. They may be stuck trying to utilize a talent rather than seeking God for the gifts He has given to them or discovering how God wants to transform their talents into gifts. Other Christians fail to maximize their calling because they do not know that they even have a gift.
But if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a spiritual gift. In fact, you probably have several. God has equipped you with the necessary skills to fulfill the destiny for which You were made. God will provide everything you need to do what He calls you to do. So if you are trying to do something you cannot do, either you are not in your calling, or you are not exercising the gift God has given to you and that He intends you to use.
You can be sure God will prepare you to fulfill His purpose for you. Ephesians 4:7-8 says, “To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, ‘WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.’”Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose
Is that so exciting and true?
God, You already won. I am Yours. You are mine. Done deal!
Help me seize what is mine and not ignore the precious gifts.
Jesus’s imputation of righteousness upon us believers is paramount, for sure!
Yet, I also read of performance based rewards (not regarding salvation because no one should boast of it).
Such as the Parable of the Talents.
And James also speaks of Faith and Works.
God gave Adam work to do before the great fall.
We also are told we reap what we sow.
Solomon built great things and God blessed him greatly (the blessing no doubt was foremost).
With that said, are we Christians not wise to first ‘receive’ then ‘do’ our best, next ‘rest’, and then ‘repeat’ until we are called home?
After all, God created for 6 days then He rested. Six days of work, 1 day of rest for a weeks cycle with holidays mixed in.
A cycle of giving our ‘best then rest’ seems right. Faith and Works. One without the other seems incomplete to me.
“You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;” James 2:22
“and continually recalling before our God and Father your work of faith, your labor of love, and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Thes 1:3
Work of faith
Labor of love
I think think its more of a WHY and what’s our motivation. Is what we do about the old man, the selfish one or living in the new man who is partnered with the Spirit for His glory. We are blessed best when our first fruits are go to God.
That is Holistic living: Holy / Whole
The Amplified version gives us some greater detail to ponder
Its value has increased because its purpose has been changed.Tony Evans
It’s the same basic element (sand) but it’s value increases at its purpose improves. Think about how that applies to people and in particular to your own life. And more specifically, from the view of our being a creation of God’s. We are His workmanship but He expects us to maximize our time, talent and treasure for His glory. When we fulfill our greatest purpose, we are most fulfilled.
Pursue your destiny with passion and expediency because when you discover the eternal impact of your actions, you will sense that you have greater value than you realized.Tony Evans
How do we best co-operate with His best purpose so we can manifest our destiny?
My take: Like the ol’ saying, ‘talk is cheap and action is dear’.