Every once in a while I come across a post that I need all my peeps to read. I never hog good info. I always want to share to the world!
This is one of those posts. Suzanne is an incredible writer, teacher, and role model for me. Although, we have never met.
Be blessed friends.
God's Who's Who
by: Suzanne Chambers
Ever since I was a teenager, I've read books and heard talks that sought to inspire the recipients to reach for the stars, dream the big dreams, do the impossible. Those messages are appealing and inspirational indeed. And I am all for doing things excellently, not shabbily. But today, I'd like to examine these messages through the microscope of Scripture and see if perhaps we need to exercise caution in our reaching and dreaming and doing....
First, I concur that we should heed Colossian 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Christians should be known for being the best workers, most cheerful attitudes, and of greatest service to the organization. The problem I have with some of these books and talks, though, is that the last phrase of this verse is often unheeded. They don't encourage us to do great work for the Lord's reputation, but rather to enhance our own. How to "get ahead", how to "succeed", how to "have a great career/marriage/kids" etc. Including "how to have a big church...." as opposed to how to advance HIS fame.
Next, on the "dream big" thing. Check out this verse and see if you think it is consistent with that mindset.....
I Thessalonians 4:11,12
11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
I know I am in unusual territory. I know it doesn't sound right for me to suggest to teens and young adults "Don't aspire to be great. Just aspire to lead a quiet life and work hard and treat people right" I now that doesn't make for great conference speeches or book titles or conversation fodder. But isn't that exactly what this passage teaches?
Work hard, yes. But not to advance your own interests. Be ambitious, yes. But let your ambitions be to lead a life that is not "grand" or "admirable" but rather one that treats others right. Sometimes grand things do indeed come but they should come from God's hand, not from our pursuit, for His fame, not our pleasure.
The world will probably not make note of our accomplishments if we obey these verses. Most likely, we won't be applauded or acclaimed or emulated very much. At least not here. But check out what God says in Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
A book of remembrance written for the Lord Himself. Better than any earthly listing in Who's Who.
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