Is a strong Work Ethic important…..

Is a strong Work Ethic important!

Psalm 104:23 “Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labor until the evening.

A strong work ethic is pleasing to our Lord and wise! God intends for us to give 100% for His glory on the job and off. Yes, you do not have to love your job or your boss to give this effort, just love and obey Jesus.

Proverbs 10:4,5 “He who deals with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes one rich. He who gathers in the summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”

Remember, riches most importantly relates to our relationship and blessings from God and not from material riches.  As I think about God’s work on this earth it appears to me that God needs His servants in every class or level of society to be salt and light for His name. So, yes God can provide riches of the material level and yes with their provision comes responsibility for the one who is the caretaker of them.

      Be a wise son or daughter of the King and seek to serve Him first and all else will be taken care of! And fortunately for us retirees there is no such  thing as retirement when serving Jesus. There are always lost to be reached.

Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.”

2 Thes. 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

God’s law on marrying outside of the faith…..

As with all vitals decisions in our lives who we can marry is spelled out in scripture. The NT reminds us that the OT was recorded for us to learn from so it is important we do just that.
Romans 15:4 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
On this subject the requirement for believers is the same as it was for the nation of Israel. In the OT after God rescued His people Israel from Egypt and after He conquered the sinful peoples of the promised land He then outlined for them the commands that were vital to their staying true to Him. By doing so they would be blessed because of their obedience. Or unfortunately be disciplined because of their disobedience. Those results are the same for us today. One of the commands was to not intermarry outside of the faith. Why would that be? Well let’s hear straight from God.

Joshua 23:12-16 “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations—these that remain among you—and make marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you,  know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.”

Joshua knowing the weakness of Israel recorded God’s commands. We have the same fleshly weaknesses today. He called the people together and gave them these commands from God;

  1. Follow all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses without turning aside.
  2. Don’t associate with pagan nations or worship their gods.
  3. Don’t intermarry with the pagan nations.

Many say well that was for OT Israel but not for NT times. Really, listen to the NT commands for the same marriage requirements from God and remember we have the same God they did. He has not changed nor have His standards or the consequences for disobedience.

II Cor 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” 

 ​In a marriage sooner or later and hopefully sooner, how I worship God affects the realtionship. When it does typically the believer will compromise his or her beliefs. What they forget is that God will never compromise or change His commands. Being uneq​ually yoked can only bring disaster.

 

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