Man defines himself by what he does. He thinks he has lived the ‘good life’ if he has a successful position and makes a lot of money; in this he values himself.
I define a man’s value by entirely different standards.
- Is your name written in the book of life?
- Do you live by the moral standards upheld in My Word?
- Do you esteem others as greater than yourself?
By this, I don’t mean for you to demean yourself, but do you uphold others as valuable, and place others before yourself? Would you offer someone your chair while you stand?
- Are you doing the work I have called you to?
- Have you even sought to find out what that is?
- Do you serve others?
- I offered Myself as a ransom for many. Do you know what that means?
- I paid the price–Do you value what I did?
- I paid for you to be healed–Do you walk healed?
Money is only valuable if it is useful; it holds no value if it has stopped its flow and stagnated–It is a tool to be used. People use tools to accomplish a task. Pick up your tools and follow Me. I have a task for you to accomplish. I have gifted you to complete it. When you define it, I’ll show you how to refine it and you will find that you will be successful. I will give you all the tools you need if you will use them to complete the tasks I set before you, and you will find that you will be living the ‘good life’.
Let us be about ‘our business’. The task is at hand. Do you need any tools? I AM your supply and your supplier.
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.” I Timothy 2:5-6
“But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6:17-20
“Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another. As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace; whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 4:9-11
“–let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him.” I Corinthians 7:17
“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
“–speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
“For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.” Matthew 16:17