Today is May 29, 2019

Verse of the Day — Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Serving men isn’t hard if, in your heart, you are really serving Christ.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

If Jesus were to walk up to you and say, “I have something I need you to do,” you probably would break doors down getting it done! Nothing could stop you from energetically completing a direct request from the Lord. Yet, that is exactly how we are to respond to directives from our employers. We are to do our work for them as if the Lord Himself had given the task order.

Imagine what a testimony Christians would have if they simply heeded this one scripture. Employers would be begging Christians to work for them! So whether you are working at home with the kids or outside the home with secular employment, have the attitude that whatever you are doing, you’re doing it for the Lord.

And for those who say they could never think of their boss that way:

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In a study in a previous GML, you sounded a bit like you don’t think buying lottery tickets is a good idea. But, couldn’t you make a case for using the proceeds primarily for the cause of Christ?


ANSWER:

Many Christians like to think God could use them mightily if they won a Lotto jackpot. Therefore, they justify the purchase of a ticket or two. But God needs our hearts, not money.

that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. —2 Corinthians 8:2

The basic principle of the lottery is “get rich quick.” That’s just the opposite of what the Bible teaches—which is perseverance, hard work, etc.

He who tills his land will have plenty of food . . .
But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
—Proverbs 28:19-20

. . . those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. —1 Timothy 6:9

The Lord determines whom He wants to have great wealth.

But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. —Deuteronomy 8:18

We are simply to:

  • Work hard.

    Go to the ant, O sluggard,
    Observe her ways and be wise,
    Which, having no chief,
    Officer or ruler,
    Prepares her food in the summer
    And gathers her provision in the harvest.
    —Proverbs 6:6-8
  • Let Him determine and provide the increase.

    May the LORD reward your work. —Ruth 2:12a

    It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,
    And He adds no sorrow to it.
    —Proverbs 10:22

    But flee from these things (trying to get rich), you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. —1 Timothy 6:11

So when you buy lottery tickets, you are, consciously or unconsciously, trying to circumvent God’s will in your life. In essence, you’re telling your family, friends, and God that you are not content with what He has given you nor are you willing to wait.

But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. —Psalm 37:9b

His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master. —Matthew 25:23
     See also Psalm 27:14, 37:7, 147:11.

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