Posted by: prosperingchristians | August 28, 2013

Being the Best that We Can Be

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Salvation gives us an opportunity to be able to make up for lost time by getting off the merry-go-round of enslavement and bondage to sin. Now that Jesus is living in our hearts, we don’t have to keep repeating our mistakes. The Lord can empower us to do things which we could not do when we were not saved.

It is important to read the Bible and to read to daily. God reminds us in several places to read the Bible. Proverbs 3:1, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring prosperity.” This sanctifies us and gives us an advantage over our enemies. It will open doors for us that were previously closed. It will also help us to change the bad habits that we have engaged in during the course of our lives.

Jesus can be strong where we are weak and he will strengthen us in the process. If we had bad habits which kept us from being effective on the job, that can change through a relationship with Jesus. He preached about work, stewardship, and the reasons for failure and success on the job. Reading the verses contained in the Gospel will help us enjoy success in our work.

For instance, Jesus talks about sowing seeds in Matthew 13:1-23 and Mark 4:1-25. It shows us how to work with excellence and the consequences of not working conscientiously. Verses 5 and 6 of Matthew 13 show what happens when we do not have the right skills to do the job, “………they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth, ” and “…..because they had no root, they withered away.” We neglect to get the proper training and education when we need it. We keep working with the same knowledge and there has been no growth in our character. The demands of the job have changed, but we cannot keep up with them and as a result, we cannot produce the fruit that we want. We have failed to develop our skills.

This condition develops because we have grown accustomed to the monotonous work, we failed to see the need to acquire the skills which would make us more productive, and we stopped growing. We took the easy way out. We have become content with doing things the way we did when we first learned the job. This may be intentional, or it may be due to a lack of knowledge. Some people are content with doing things this way, but others may have a desire to change, but lack the knowledge in doing so. If we want the change, we must ask the Lord to change us.

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

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