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Reverse Your Thinking

Let your job and finances and time be used as God intended them.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Romans 1:25, ” Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. “

Background

One of my favorite sitcom episodes involves the unfolding of the story in reverse. The show begins with the closing scene, and then proceeds to tell the story from end to beginning. Issues have been resolved, and then the crises occur, and then we see the trouble brewing, and finally we observe the characters in their ordinary state, not knowing as we do what is about to come their way. One funny touch is to watch the lollipop of one adult character grow as the show unfolds. From the last bite, the lollipop then grows back in each scene into the giant, 12-inch round, rainbow-colored lollipop that he started with, and that befits an 8- year-old kid rather than a 40-year-old man. But that was just one episode. The backwards concept wouldn’t work every time, but this particular story was perfectly crafted to pull it off. But most of us dwell within the opposite ratio. We have things backwards almost every day, and then on that rare occasion will get it right.

Application

That’s why missionaries and mission-minded people are so amazing. They might be overseas, working as a nurse or a teacher or an administrator, but their focus is on sharing the gospel. Their ” job ” might seem to the locals to be why they are there, but it is only a means to be among the people and share Jesus with them. Their social time is intent on spreading the gospel, their money is spent on sharing the gospel. Their lives are purposed to proclaim the name of Jesus. But for most of us, and for me, we get up each morning to go to work. We earn a living to raise a family and pay our bills and plan for retirement. And if we can witness to someone along the way, then we call that an exceptional day. We don’t earn our money to spend it on the gospel, we don’t locate our families to spread the gospel. We leave that for the others, the ” called. ” But we’ve got it backwards, or just plain wrong. Jesus should be the reason, and everything else should help us accomplish that. And if that feels as backwards to you as it does to me, then let’s call on God’s mercy and forgiveness together.

Charge

As we seek Him today, invert your thinking as you view your purpose and plans for the day. Let your job and finances and time be used as God intended them.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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