“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (NKJV)
What are you working for?
When you complete an assignment (no matter where that assignment is), you expect the praise, the rewards, and the promised payment. If you are working for men, to get what the world values, you get what men can give. How long will it last?
Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (New King James Version NKJV)
If you are getting what the world wants and loving it, the day will come when you will have to identify where your loyalties lie. Why? God has to show you where your heart is. A decision will have to be made that will challenge your Christian values; someone will tell a joke that is not funny for many reasons; they might ask you to take one for the team, etc.
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. (Amplified Bible AMP)
No one can give you what you really want, or stop you from getting what God has ordained for you to have, no matter how powerful you may think a person is. Is your ultimate goal to be with Jesus when He returns? Men don’t have control over that outcome. Do you want to spend eternity in heaven? Only the Almighty God can give that to you. When the time of testing comes, don’t be afraid, thinking you may lose what you have. If you chose incorrectly, it will cost you your life.
Matthew 10:26-28 Do not be afraid of those who may taunt or persecute you. Everything they do—even if they think they are hiding behind closed doors—will come to light. All their secrets will eventually be made known. 27 And you should proclaim in the bright light of day everything that I have whispered to you in the dark. Whatever whispers you hear—shout them from the rooftops of houses. 28 Don’t fear those who aim to kill just the body but are unable to touch the soul. The One to fear is He who can destroy you, soul and body, in the fires of hell. (The Voice TVT)
Please keep in mind what you are really working for and work toward that end. Live the life God has commanded. He is The One who holds your greatest reward.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, there were times when I looked for the validation and approval of man. I repent because somehow; I lost sight of the fact that whatever I thought they could do for me, they couldn’t give me a place in heaven. I also repent because I wanted what the world described as success, the job, the house, the cars. Those things did not mean I was connected to You; even though I heard people say, “God must really love you, look how He is blessing you.” I had to build my relationship with You with Your help. Now, my goal is to get Your validation and approval and Yours alone. I thank You for continuing to remind me of that fact. I appreciate those people who see my life as a sign of Your blessing. However, I want them to see the right things. Help me keep You in the center, worshipping You, not always praising what You have done, and what they will see is You…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.