Making money easy is a concept many are into as they think it may make them happy. Yet, what is done to gain this money? No amount of money spent will keep you living a quality life forever here on earth. Yes, you can pay for plastic surg. and other medical procedures that may extend life a little more. Yet, medicine is practice which means things go wrong. Infection can destroy like sin in a person's life. What does all the money you can make count when you lose your soul for all eternity? Look at the ages on tombstones to tell that death can strike at any age.
Investing? If so, where? Heaven!!! What??? How? Your life.... time.... actions.... anybody can!!!!
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. Colossians 3: 17, 22-25 (NIV)
Who would want to waste a lifetime here on earth that is referred to as a breath in eternity? I don't!!! I waste time and do things without thinking what I do at times. I just get caught up in routine of life not realizing I need to give thanks to God for what he has given me in so many ways. I take things for granted and lose focus when I get discouraged or tired at times. It is not always true due to I do seek and keep my focus to pray without ceasing while talking to God as I go through a day like he is next to me at times. Living alone allows you to do this without being accused of having mental conditions unless you pray in your head quietly. Yet, I still get distracted from where I want to be and don't realize it at times.
In High School these scriptures hit home when I started to become frustrated with what I saw happpening around me. Temptations were swirling around me in enticement to join those around me to just settle ideas and then life would be easier in ways in my own church youth group at church and social settings. Why stand for Godly values? I don't need to go into details in that part of life due to youth these days are tempted with so much more at a early age compared to what I was and compared to what is considered normal in the world's eyes for youth to be doing. What caused the most frustration was what was being done and covered up at church like it was no big deal and it didn't matter. You could get by with things in church and still be popular at church. As a youth I was so confused as to what was truly being worshipped at church when I hear told one thing and see another happen. What is real? Is church suppose to be different? I thank God so much for especially my Father and Grandmother seeing my frustration in my eyes and pulling me to aside to really talk truth about faith, God, and how to live it. Praise God that there were other people older than myself God put along the way to help encourage deeper than just superficially.
My Grandmother showed me this chapter of Colossians and it was not until in High School did I understand more about the word "slave" until I read Uncle Tom's Cabin as book we read in class. No it was not a "Christian" book by classification but God used that charactor "Uncle Tom" to help me understand the captivity of a slave in bad conditions still working with charactor and hope. A slave does not have a freedom to chose a better life at times but must endure under various conditions. Plus, during that time in high school I found out that the "churches" in the South would claim these slaves in the South did not have souls and subhuman so they could stand by and do nothing as "Christians" from what was going on. Words? Actions? What men say to justify sin even if they are "church" leadership??? You know, I realized in High School with those who took time to deeply encourage me in my faith and as I sought God alone that this has been an age old problem including the time in the Bible with the Jewish leaders and Jesus with actions and words. Also, slavery differs from place to place in extrementies from being well treated like family members to the other extreme. Yet, slaves were mentioned which drove home God loves us all no matter what position in life he has us.
Favoritism has been a interesting thing to watch. It is amazing how money that helps develope a name can create it in even a church to let corruption flourish. As one watches it without viewing it through love, forgiveness, and thanking God for what is going on in their own life it can be very discouraging. Yet, God is not blind in his true church made up of sincere believers in Him to when we meet him on Judgement day. Yet, things also happen on earth and God does help defend those who love him as they follow His words in action.
In whatever we do as those beautiful verses encourage us to we can have our whole days to be glorifying unto to God if we apply these scriptures no matter where we are at in life. We work unto God with our whole heart to glorify God even if the man in leadership above us is evil no matter the location due to our lives are an example of sharing the Gospel by our actions as those can see the difference that Jesus Christ makes in ones life. Man's reward/recognition/acceptance/etc on earth is not what we are to seek but God's reward. There are other scriptures that encourage us further God will provide for us.
We can't lose sight in how and why we do things on this earth! Conversion is not just saying a prayer one day, join a social club, and not grow in a personal relationship with Jesus as you live in the world's way. Sharing the Gospel is more than just saying a few words but it consists of our daily living and choices we make. Sheep/goat/wheat/tares!!!!
I needed to be reminded of this myself. Running across these scriptures..... is encouragement I need..... brought back sweet memories of fellowship......... we all need sincere Godly fellowship. Do we take time to encourage those younger/weaker in faith or just keep to our busy lives? God blesses me with guidence in many forms as I seek him in life. Look at what fruit is being produce.