Jeremy Lindeman, 8-14-2016, Rolla Church of the Nazarene
The beginning of the work week can be so difficult to start off correctly. For most of us we do not rest properly, we do not take heed to the Sabbath and it is to our demise. We run around with so much to do, some things are for good, but often times the things we do have no heavenly value. By the time the weekend is over we are so tired that Monday seems to drag on and I know for me that I can be a bit more irritable than normal, but the choices that I made should not be transferred upon anyone. Today let’s focus on bringing joy into the lives of those around us, especially those who had a bad weekend or are particularly tired today. It is our job to bring light and joy into the world, not evil, even when we are dealt evil.
Romans 12:17-21, New International Version (NIV)
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone” today and this week. I know that for me I do not fear the wrath of the Lord enough. I have been taught all about His immense love, but I believe we only reap the blessings from that love when we are obedient to His word through and through. So when God says not to “repay anyone evil for evil” we should be taking a proactive approach and do what we can to ensure that the evil is not done in the first place. When true light shines it is difficult for darkness to be present, so be the light today. Don’t let the world be overcome by darkness because of your fear or your insecurities because their is only one difference between your’s and the person’s who is out there making a difference and that is that they act in their fear and insecurities, so take action and let your little light shine.
The following is a free writing response given to me following reading the book of Ecclesiastes. I urge you to take some time to read Ecclesiastes and to reflect upon the words that you read and apply them to your life and your motivations in life. Here is what was revealed to me.
Oh what a day is this day. We are here today and gone tomorrow. No one knows what awaits him and no one knows what time will bring. We toil, but to what reward. We worry but to what end. There is nothing that we can control but that of an image of control. The wise set their hearts upon knowledge but only to seek more wisdom. The rich seek to advance their riches but only to more toil. The strong seek to increase their strength but only to be weakened. To what advantage are we that live in this world if we do not seek the will of God and follow? We wander aimlessly about life trying to fulfill the matters of our heart, but we do not fulfill them. We see that many great people have died before us only to leave their riches to the person who follows. Do we seek riches that fade away or that are built for someone else or do we seek our Father in heaven who gives us life?
Where does joy come from? We seek riches and wealth, we seek knowledge and wisdom, we seek comfort and stability, but there is no joy within them that is not fleeting. For today will come and go as will tomorrow and the next day and the next day… We do not know what tomorrow will bring. All is folly that is of this world, but God brings joy to our hearts and brings gladness to our lives; a sweet kiss from our love, a gentle hug from a friend, the softness of the sun’s kiss gently upon our face, the calm of listening to the crashing waves of the mighty ocean. There is nothing that we know or can know that will bring us joy other than to live for the Lord and to bask in the Glory of his presence. For all that we build will one day fall and all that we learn will one day fade for we are here today and gone tomorrow.