I have a very 'worldly rich' friend who has loads of money but experiences no heavenly blessings. His wife and little son yearn for him but his business takes him to many countries for long stretches of time. He owns expensive mansions everywhere but hardly lives in them (His servants have a better time in them!). When you ask him to slow down, he says that if he stops running, his competitors will have time to take a bite at him!
I have another friend who is equally rich but thankfully, this one has discovered the secret of life. He has sold all his company shares to his brother and travels to spread the Word of God! He was a Hindu whose life was totally messed up. His wife had left him and his children fell to diverse temptations (Alcohol, drugs etc). Now, just by being a 'doer of the Word', God has restored his whole family. His relationship with his wife now, puts Romeo and Juliet to shame! This friend put God first and blessings keep following him!
I attended the third anniversary of the GCCI church of Sharjah yesterday and i was truly blessed with Pastor Frank's message on how we lead our lives. According to him, if you have not set your priorities right, you are facing disaster! Check if you got your life in the right order!
First Priority: GOD
Second Priority: CHURCH
Third Priority: MINISTRY
Fourth Priority: DREAMS & GOALS
For the longest time after the message, i wondered why he did not pick out FAMILY as a priority! But then i realised that Life is a journey that you undertake individually. It is all about you and your God. In a family, we are supposed to practice the same love relationship you have with Jesus. Love in the family should result out of the individual's intimate relationship with Jesus. Without loving others with the love of Christ, we will surely fall prey to the selfish, familial, erotic love of this world. Love is not love if there is no sacrifice.The FAMILY, i believe should fall in the 4th priority! It would be better placed there!
Like my first 'friend', there are many who put the 'I' first in everything. 'I' did this and 'I' did that! The 'I' does not acknowledge God in everything ! Look at Proverbs 3:5,6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding
Acknowledge God in everything
And He will direct you path.
When misfortune strikes, such people are the first to say, " Why me Lord?'
When a local church is feeding you the 'Word', be a responsible member of the church and support it in every way you can. If God sent someone to introduce the Gospel to you and saved you, there are many who still need to be reached. The church is the only place where a new believer can be discipled and sent out to preach the Good News. Fellowship is important and the fire of your love for Jesus and the Word must be sustained by interacting with like-minded people. It is like coals in a barbecue pit. When the burning coals stick together, the fire is sustained for a much longer time however, if you separate a single coal from the pile, the fire dies out in no time! Don't try to do it alone! Be part of a church and be a responsible 'Christ-driven' individual- supporting the church with not only your finances but any other God-given talents you may have!
When you go out to save souls, be of one accord. Pastor Frank beautifully expounded on the following passage of scripture:
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on - Mark 2:1-12
In the above story, all of the four men had great faith in Jesus' wonder working power! If not, they would not have been driven to open the roof up and lower the paralyzed man! This is what ministry is all about! Each and every one of us has a 'ministry'. Each one of us is a 'KING' and 'PRIEST'!
ISA 61:6 And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named
ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.1PT 2:5 And you also, like living stones, are being built into a
spiritual house, to be a Holy Priesthood.REV 1:6(KJV) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father.REV 5:10(KJV) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall
reign on the earth.ROM 5:17 Says we will reign in life through Jesus.( the Greek word for
"REIGN" is derived from the the word for "KING". And means to be a king).
When your 'dreams and goals' are set in line with God's Word, you will run the very race that God has set for you. God has made every provision available to you when you run that set race!
“Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
And of course there's that favourite scripture of mine that gives you the very secret of a great life on earth:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(Note: I recommend that everyone reads from Mat.6: 25 to 33 to glean the true meaning of the scripture)