Word: Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. Proverbs 23: 4,5
Thought: The intentions of the deed are more important in the sight of the Lord than the deed. God has set us up in a particular way for us to be fruitful, but do we tend to labor in vain only to earn more? Most of us jump from one job to the other and seek greener pastures, but do we seek the will of God or go only based on the salary offered? If our eyes are gluing only on the attractive package we receive and work hard just to keep the job at hand, we are not being fruitful the way the Lord wants us to be. One day you will realize that the money earned is also perished and you are also lost. In whatever work we are placed, let us understand what God wants us to do and when you move within the organization or outside, seek the will of God and do not lean on your own understanding. When God allows you to overwork to bring glory to Him, go ahead with it, but not on your understanding, but with His wisdom that you might magnify His name. Let us learn to be content and next time you feel you overwork and not fruitful work, stop and see what you are working for – if it is just for the reason to earn, we are toiling for the perishing and let us ask the Lord to guide us through to things which are more permanent.
Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me the wisdom and understanding from above that I might not labor in vain, but enjoy the fruit of the labor and bear good fruits abiding in you. Amen.
Word: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Revelation 2:2-4.
Thought: These words which were spoken to the church at Ephesus applies to many of lives today. We continuously labor for the Lord with all good intentions and served Him patiently, but amidst all these we have somehow slipped and lost the first love we had for Him. Let us for a moment remember the day when the we just wanted to hear His voice and nothing else – we enjoyed His presence and wanted to walk hand in hand. Through the period of time, we have knowingly or unknowingly slipped and lost the voice in the midst of the noise of the world and there are multiple area which we focus, it could be even laboring for him, but the Lord just asks us – Return to your first love. He just wants to have the love relationship with us with nothing between, just us and Him – look around to see what separates us from the love of Christ, let us just push everything out and clear of all the noise to hear that still silent voice calling out ‘Love you my son/daughter’ – He just wants us to reciprocate His love and nothing less and nothing else. Let us return to the first love and also have Him as the first Love across everything in the world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I love you – help me to love you more. Let me hear your voice even across all the noise of the world and cling on to you and love you more and more. Amen.