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Some Thoughts on Finances

As the daughter of a frugal woman, (who pinched pennies throughout the Great Depression and never quite accustomed herself to a comfortable retirement), I walked a fine line between practicality and desire.  After four college years with few discretionary funds, I remember going downtown determined to splurge with money from my first paycheck.  First one thing and then another attracted my attention, but each time I would think, “I don’t really need this,” and I returned home rather upset with myself that I still had my money intact.   I don’t know if it was the specter of my frugal mother or a gene that both she and I had inherited from our Scotch ancestors that restrained me but, obviously, whether by nature or nurture, I had developed a conflicted mindset about money. 

Not long after, the fact was impressed upon me that God did not own just a tenth of my income, but that it all came from Him, therefore, it belonged to Him. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). The Lord is the owner.  Owners have rights.  Stewards have responsibilities.  I realized that He was going to hold me accountable as a faithful steward of how I cared for what He gave me (Matthew 25:14-30). 

I could not figure out how to be a careful steward without keeping track of how the money given to me was spent, so I began recording expenditures in a college blue book. Then I met Stan who shared my philosophy concerning money. Because he was one of the first I had dated with whom I could trust my money, I married him and happily turned over to him the treasurer’s job in our family. 

We moved to Massachusetts for my husband to attend graduate school while I worked. Money was tight. Our apartment, at first, was furnished with a bed, a card table with chairs, and packing crates. Gradually we added attic furniture from the second-hand store.   

One of the major attractions in Boston is the Freedom Trail that winds its way by historic landmarks including North End church where Paul Revere hung the lantern to warn that the British were coming. The North End was an Italian ghetto. It was the first time I had observed such poverty. During the time before marriage when I shared an apartment with a friend, we had subscribed to several magazines (our substitute for info before the Internet.) One I had paid for was Better Homes and Gardens. From it, I garnered ideas for my “dream home.” It struck me suddenly that better stewardship and contentment would come from viewing more ghettos than dream magazines and I dropped my subscription.  

Stan finished his grad school studies and we found ourselves “stuck” in Massachusetts far from our California home.  Failing to find employment on the west coast, Stan got a good job as a physicist in Boston. Our children were on the way.  God kept us there for ten years until his company downsized. Stan had always wanted to teach physics. God moved us back to California and the next four years were the most exciting period of our lives. We saw God provide for us while living on a part-time teaching salary – a necessary steppingstone for Stan to gain entrance into that profession.   

I remember thinking in those lean years, “Lord, you promised to reward with more those who were faithful with little (Matthew 25:21). “I’ve been as faithful as I know how to be. Couldn’t you give a just a tad more for us to be faithful with?” But it was during those years that our expository preaching pastor came to a passage on stewardship. He challenged us to see what God would do if we gave more than the usually assumed “tithe.” Though we were already pinching pennies to get by, we did and God was more than faithful.1    

The prophet Malachi wrote, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need” (3:10). 

God has proven to me He cannot be out given. And I am glad that God delayed his abundance for me until late—for he knew that I needed to learn the lesson that the greatest satisfaction comes not from accumulating things which only beget emptiness and yearning for more. Real joy and blessings come in relationships with others and sharing God’s abundance with them, especially with those in need here and abroad. 

If you visit my little cottage, you will notice a wooden packing crate that has served various furniture functions in our home(s) throughout the years.  I keep it as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and how he has abundantly supplied my needs, inside and out, from His glorious riches that are mine through Christ Jesus, my Lord (Phil 4:19). 

Margi Hawks is a widowed octogenarian, a graduate of a Christian University with a degree in Art Ed and a great lover of  History. She is blessed to have been a stay-at-home wife and mom with a career of serving the Lord in whatever way He has directed in the various places she has lived in this wonderful country.  

See also: Pastor Tim’s May 20th sermon on 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 titled, “The Collection,” which you can listen to on Sermon Audio here. In the sermon, Pastor Tim discusses giving in general and makes a few specific points about the tithe as an Old Testament function in contrast with freewill offerings modeled in the New Testament.

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Why Aren’t My Rest Days Restful?

Have you ever begun your work on Monday and felt so worn-out that it couldn’t possibly be the beginning of the work week? Then you thought about your Saturday and Sunday and couldn’t remember what would have made you so tired this Monday morning? On the flip side, has there ever been a Monday in your life that, though you were busy all weekend, you were still able to face with energy? I know I have experienced both kinds of Mondays, and I’m sure you have too. Rest is something most people do not think they need to be taught about. Many would say, “It’s not getting into bed that I struggle with, it’s the getting out.” Although over-work is a common problem, I believe that many of our struggles with exhaustion are due to the wrong kind of rest. You can do nothing all day and still not feel rested. For this reason, I believe we as Christians need a better understanding of rest that we might live more energetically to the glory of God. My goal in writing this is to persuade you that rest is not so much the absence of activity, but the freedom from our daily duties to work and toil, that we might actively pursue that which satisfies us most in Christ. In order to do this, I will look at two key biblical passages concerning rest, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 & Hebrews 4:9-13, then finish with some applications that will aid us in ending our restless rest.  

 A Theology of Rest  

In the retelling of the Ten Commandments, Moses exhorts the Israelites:  

“Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:12-15).  

In this text, we learn three unique reasons why we are to rest (Keller). First, we take a Sabbath rest as a Celebration of our Design. We learn in the Creation account in Genesis that God worked for six days, then rested on the seventh. In the passage above we learn that we are to have a day of rest that models exactly what God did in the beginning. We are to reflect God’s image by resting every seventh day as He rested. Our rest, then, is a celebration of our likeness to God as His image bearers. We learn here that rest is not rooted in the Law but in the Creation account. Secondly, we take a Sabbath rest as a Declaration of our Freedom. The flow of the argument in verse 15 is that Israel is to remember their slavery in Egypt and the Lord’s deliverance. Then the Bible says, “Therefore, the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.” Here we see the command to rest is to reflect God’s mighty ability to deliver His people. Because God freed Israel, they were to rest in celebration of His mighty work. The principle for us here is that God is always the Deliverer of His people and rest is a celebration of His might, not ours. Therefore, we are not to seek refuge in working for money without rest, trying to save ourselves. Rather, we rest as a declaration of our freedom from all worldly bondage. God has delivered us and we do not have to prove ourselves or think we are our ultimate provider. God freed us from this bondage which is so common to man. This leads us to the third underpinning of our rest. We rest as an Act of Trust. To rest means we are not working (an obvious deduction), and not working means no money. Tim Keller says it well, “To practice the Sabbath is a disciplined way to remember that you are not the one who keeps the world running, who provides for your family, not even the one who keeps your work projects moving forward.” Therefore, rest is yet another way God’s people show the world they trust God and revere Him.  

Now turning to the New Testament, the author of Hebrews writes:  

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:9-13).  

Here is the incredible teaching that for God’s people there is a greater Sabbath rest than what Moses spoke of in the Ten Commandments. This is the rest believers have in Christ. The flow of the argument reveals that there has been no lasting Sabbath rest for God’s people. Joshua did not provide it (verse 8) when they entered the promised land; therefore a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people to enter into. That rest is nothing other than Christ and His atonement for the sins of His people. The greater Sabbath rest is Christ’s righteousness that fulfilled the Law and is imputed to those who believe in Him. We strive to enter that rest which Christ provides because the word of God, (the Law), is sharp and revealing. It is so sharp that is cuts us up (because of our unrighteousness) and so revealing of our thoughts and intentions that we are naked and ashamed before the One to whom we must give account. Rest, then, is pictured as life lived in union with Christ. Resting in Christ’s finished work on the cross, rather than in our own works, is the Sabbath rest that is reserved for God’s people.  

So How Do We Rest Restfully? 

Now that we have walked through two key texts on rest, what do we do with that knowledge? First, we must meditate on the three underpinnings of the Commandment to observe the Sabbath. Do we see rest as a celebration of our design? Seeing rest as a celebration makes us delight in our Creator for making us in His image. Do we regularly take days off from our work as a declaration of our freedom from being bound to the ways of the world? Seeing rest as freedom allows us to stop feeling guilty for not working on our to-do lists, because we know we are free to serve God above all! Do we rest from work, knowing that rest may mean less money, as an act of trust in God as our Provider? Seeing rest as an act of trust is a regular reminder that we walk by faith and not by sight. These three questions are a helpful place to start when looking at why we all need to rest regularly and enjoy that rest, too.  

Secondly, we need to let the implications of the greater Sabbath rest become present in our lives. Because Christ has proven us before the Father (made us righteous), we no longer need to prove ourselves through over-work. Because we’ve been given an identity in Christ, we no longer need to make an identity for ourselves in our work. Because we’ve been given fulfillment in Christ, we no longer need to chase satisfaction in climbing the ladder in corporations. Because every selfish motive for work (self-worth, fulfillment, prominence, and glory) is revealed as void and unsatisfying, we can rest satisfied that we are complete in Christ. Rest, as we learn in Hebrews, is ultimately found in Christ. Therefore, our focus in rest is to be Christ, our Sabbath Rest. To rest without a focus on Christ and what He has done for us, is to rob ourselves of the benefits of greater (more fulfilling) rest. This is why I argue that rest is not so much the absence of activity, but the freedom from our daily duties to work and toil, that we might actively pursue that which satisfies us most in Christ. If we know that Christ is the greatest rest anyone of us can experience, then we must pursue satisfaction in Christ as we rest. We are all likely familiar with John Piper’s famous declaration that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” What I am contending is that this principle from Piper is just as important when we are resting as it is when we are talking about the Christian life in general. So when we practice regular rest, our guiding principle needs to be, “What can I do that will make me more satisfied in Christ?” This is the key to enduring and genuine rest, that allows us to enter our work week ready and wanting to leverage every moment for the glory of God by serving people and working with excellence. And isn’t that what we want most as Christians, to leverage every moment for the glory of God? 

As a last word of advice, I encourage you to PLAN YOUR REST. If we do not actively plan things that satisfy us in Christ, we will passively waste our rest either being busy-bodies that are tired on Monday or as lazy-bodies not ready for Monday. So plan to spend time in the word of God, growing in the knowledge of your incredible Savior. Plan to spend time in prayer, growing in your zealousness to see God answer the prayers of His saint. Plan to spend some time sharing your faith with friends or a stranger, increasing in your desire to see God worshipped by all and all delighting in Him. Plan to spend time with your family, soaking up those precious moments God has given you, letting gratitude wash over you because God has given you infinitely more than you deserve. Plan to spend time in nature, marveling at God’s creation that cries out in praise and beauty to its Creator. Whatever it is that satisfies you in Christ, plan it in advance so that your to-do lists and other things do not rob you of satisfaction in Christ. May God bless you with restful rest as you seek satisfaction in your Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.  

Endnote: Concerning Deuteronomy 5:12-15, I rely heavily on Tim Keller’s treatment of it in his book, Every Good Endeavor, chapter twelve. 

Garet Halbert is a member of FCC and serves as an Elder in Training. He and his wife, Heidi, have two little girls, Selah and Sophia.

                                                                   

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Some Thoughts About Purpose in Life

Atop the kitchen cabinet over the sink in my little cottage sits a basket filled with sprays of artificial ivy.  The high hip ceiling in the main living area allows me, from my living room lounge chair, to occasionally look at this piece of decoration that I do enjoy.  I wonder where it resided in times past.  Was this “vessel” used in a very practical way by its original creator or someone in her family or tribe?  I imagine her sitting on a Native American rug deftly weaving the olla to its twelve-inch height.  Did she collect the materials that she used?  Did she herself dye the darker fibers woven into the design?  Was the pattern preplanned or traditional?  Or had she woven so many baskets that she could create an original design as she went along?

This certainly is not a basket you would find at the many places throughout New Mexico or Arizona where Native Americans hawk to tourists their wares made for decorative use.  My ancient basket had a more functional purpose where it sat on the hearth of the floor-to-ceiling flagstone fireplace in my in-laws’ lovely Southwestern décor beamed living room in their home, which was situated on a hillside. Their wide picture window looked across at Mt. Helix where stood a large white cross, lit at night, that could be seen from any vantage point for miles around.

Mom was born in Arizona and treasured Indian things.  I know she valued the basket, but she was a down-to-earth practical person whose tendencies leaned toward a simple lifestyle.  So the basket served as a trash container for paper and such in the living room.

My in-laws’ very best friends from college days—educators like themselves who lived nearby—were driven to distraction by the “misuse” of the Indian basket.  They spent their vacation times traveling the world bringing back native artifacts and curios that were displayed with exquisiteness in their beautiful home.

Finally, after years of urging, my folks did take the basket, as well as a number of smaller Indian baskets, to have them appraised.  The large basket was estimated to be worth a considerable sum.

Would or should the basket, created to be used for a purpose, be more valuable when prized as a lovely work of art?

The Psalmist says, “Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother’s womb… All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came in existence” (Psalm 139).  God, the Creator, told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you.  Before you were born I set you apart.  I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

In the ninth chapter of Acts Luke tells of Ananias, whom the Lord told to go to a certain street and house to look for Saul—the man who the early church feared because he persecuted believers.  The Lord calmed Ananias’ dread by saying, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument [some translations say ‘vessel’] to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15).

Saul, now Paul, affirms that calling in his first letter of instruction to young Timothy.  In his second letter, Paul speaks of “vessels,” teaching Timothy of the importance of spiritual discipline to be a “clean vessel,” in verse 2:21b, “a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

When set aside by illness for several months it was impressed on me how important it is to have a purpose in life.  I visit rest homes and see elderly people, who no longer find a purpose for living.  Some are just warehoused and waiting to die.  Life without purpose has little or no meaning.  And it’s not just the elderly.  There are others who find little reason to get out of bed in the morning or feel a sense of achievement at the end of the day.  This causes depression and desire for a way to escape real life.  How grateful we should be that our Creator God designed us individually for a particular purpose that gives the most meaning to life—“practical vessels” relaying or displaying, in His love, the meaning behind that cross that sits atop Mt. Helix.  We were made to glorify and enjoy the one who is our Creator (Revelation 4:11).

 

Margi is a widowed octogenarian, graduate of a Christian University with a degree in Art Ed and a great lover of history, blessed to have been a stay-at-home wife and mom with a career of serving the Lord in whatever way He has directed in the various places I have lived in this wonderful country.

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So Many Different Gifts!

by Sarah Bush

Did you know that there is a rich well of gifts and talents amongst the women at FCC; things that we can all benefit from as a whole; knowledge that can add a new lens to your perspective; skills that can benefit your life and those around you? Let me share a few of these with you. Here is a short list of just a few of the wonderful gifts and talents that the women at FCC possess:

– Sew amazingly

– Fantastic cooks

E.M. Lilien, “King Lemuel and His Mother”

– Budgeting

– Encouragers

– Counselors

– Teachers

– Truth tellers

– Ladies who can get a stain out of anything

– Deep wisdom

– Writers

– Musicians

– Freezer meal queens

– Artists

– Crafters

– Organizers

– Comforters

– Hospitality

– Painters

– Gardeners

– Prayer warriors

– Garage sale barterers

– Decorative skills

– Evangelists

– Someone who will listen and cry with you

– Others who will make you laugh till you cry

– Bible study leaders

– Ladies who will run to your aid in a heartbeat

I could go on and on. I have learned so much from the different women at FCC. After almost ten years of being in this body, I am still humbled and amazed at the diversity in which Christ’s church can have. It is truly a beautiful thing. I have found so many women who do things completely different than I do. They have opened my eyes to the awesome diversity of our Creator. We are each designed a little different. We think differently, enjoy different things, and excel in different areas. Sadly, I do not always see this with clear vision. My perspective can get a little jaded at times. There have been times I have avoided certain people because they were so different from me, or rolled my eyes because they took joy in something for which I saw no use. How blind I have been. I was missing out by not taking joy in, learning from, or living life with those who look, do, or act differently than I do. These other women, who are different than me, have shown me new ways to praise my Creator and value His creativity. I have learned to enjoy different ideas, add different skills to my life, and look at life from different perspectives. With each new relationship my vision becomes more enhanced with beauty and thankfulness for the body. As I learn about and from these different women, my little world has taken on new life. I see things I did not see before. I value things I once did not. I have learned skills I needed. What a sad and pathetic body we would be if all the women were like me. Downright terrifying! By God’s perfect design He puts all different types of people together so that we can function as a whole more effectively. We all need each other. We each have our place. We each have giftings to glorify God through. As our body goes through growing pains we will need to remember this all the more. We can look at this in two different ways – The first option, we HAVE to reach out and learn new women. Or, the second, we GET to reach out and learn new women. What an amazing thing to have the opportunity to tap into so many amazing people, with so many different gifts, right here within our body at FCC. And as we do tap into each other’s lives, may it unite us all the more in the most important thing: Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord.

Sarah Bush is a member of FCC.

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Home Management 101

BY ANGELA SWAIN

Home Management. These two simple words can evoke a range of emotions and describe many different kinds of experiences—excitement, success, failure, and even stress! Whether single or married; with or without children; young or old; home-owner or home-renter; large bank account or small, most of us desire to manage the stuff-of-life well. We want to be good stewards and be found faithful with all the Lord has given to us or entrusted to our care. From health and home maintenance, monthly budgets, retirement savings, daily schedules and meal planning, to ministering to the needs of others and loving well the people in our lives, this ever-growing list of desires and responsibilities can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted—especially during seasons of sacrifice. Knowing how best to steward over these areas requires wisdom and help, yet there are as many different definitions, opinions, and philosophies on the subject of home management as there is air time on talk radio or shelf space at the local bookstore.

An Improvised Laundry - Princess Beatrice Camp Beaumarais, Calais by Beatrice Lithiby (OBE) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An Improvised Laundry

I am certainly no expert on the subject.  Even now there exists a mountain-sized pile of unfolded clothes on my dining-room table.  Thanks to a disorganized and cluttered (again) back-door entry, along with another rousing game of “find-the-kid’s-missing-belts-and-shoes,” I lost my temper—en route to church! And despite our poignant efforts to eat healthier and watch our food budget, my children received yet another dose of the golden arches. After all, my overloaded calendar didn’t account for dinner on this week’s busiest night.

But no matter my royal mess-ups or continued failures, I have learned some valuable home-management lessons over the years. Thanks to the wisdom, counsel, humility, and transparency of some amazing women in my life, I have learned a key lesson which undergirds everything I do as I strive to be a good steward. While I do think it is critical to develop a gospel-focused philosophy of stewardship and also create and implement a practical plan for managing the home, the greatest lesson cuts to the heart of the matter: learning to be content.

Better a little with fear of the Lord than great treasure with turmoil.  Proverbs 15:16

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Young Mother Sewing by Mary Cassatt

Stewardship describes our responsibility as believers. Webster’s dictionary defines it this way: “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” Stewarding over what we have been given involves more than mere oversight. When we consider how best we may care for the things God has graciously given to us, it is important to realize that we can only do so with humble hearts of thankfulness. Such hearts will recognize from whom these various gifts and resources came and on whom the spotlight will shine when they are cared for well and carry out their divine purpose. From food, clothing, and shelter to relationships, how we use our time, and seasons of testing or renewal—all that we have, all that we need, and all that we experience is a precious gift from a Sovereign and Gracious God. Even our act of obedience and worship through tithing echoes the same. “…who has ever first given to Him and has to be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:35-36).

The Apostle Paul also helps us connect a direct line between recognizing this sovereign rule in our lives and being content with what we have when, in Philippians 4:11-13, he states,

“I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little and…a lot.  In any and all circumstances, I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Contentment is often considered a state of being happy or satisfied. Certainly, Christ was Paul’s portion, and he was satisfied—never striving after vain things. In fact, any gain to him he considered loss “in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . . so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him” (Philippians 3:8-9).

But that’s not all Paul has to say about the subject. In 1 Timothy chapter 6, Paul teaches that if godliness is not promoted in either doctrine or in teaching, there runs the risk of believers becoming discontent. And discontent, he warns, leads to a whole host of potential sins—from ongoing envy to a form of godliness used as a means to gain material possession.  But the form of godliness with contentment, he says to us, is a great gain! To this, he admonishes us to “avoid the foolish and harmful desires and temptations which plunge people into ruin and destruction—that by doing so, we may be kept from wandering away from the faith or being pierced by many pains” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). Most importantly, He reminds us of our humble and needy status before a holy and sovereign God, “For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these” (1 Timothy 6:7-8).

Rembrandt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Rembrandt, St Paul At His Writing Desk

Paul is not the only one who recognized God’s sovereignty over circumstance and possessions.  You may also recall that Job, after hearing the final bit of news regarding his profound and tragic loss of both material possessions and family members, “…stood up, tore his robe…fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yaweh!’” (Job 1:21).

What about you, friend? Do you find yourself in a difficult season?  Do you have a physical need? A deep spiritual need? Perhaps you have plenty. Or, are you dealing with pride or sense of dissatisfaction—wanting more or struggling with your portion? For what are you waiting upon the Lord? Do you have a heart of thankfulness in any season?

I admonish you to remember that your ultimate act of stewardship is entrusting your soul to God’s sovereign watch-care.  To love Him. To serve Him. To obey Him. To trust Him completely. He is a good Father who longs for each of us, as believers, to look more and more like Christ. And it is Christ Himself who reminds us not to worry about our needs but to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. May we forever “…be content with what you have, for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).

Angela Swain is a member of FCC.

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Standing Before Kings

kingsBY MATT GRECO

Proverbs 23: 29 reminds us, “Do you see a man skilled in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”  Scripture doesn’t qualify this statement and neither should we.  If you are skilled at whatever you do, you will stand, or you will have a place to stand, before kings.  We might not have the opportunity to actually stand in the presence of an earthly king, but someday we will all stand before THE KING. Scripture teaches us that the Lord is concerned with how well we do the work that He has given us to do.

As I watch the World Cup, I’m impressed by the excellent condition of the pitches (the grass).  Pam and I visited South Africa in 2007 and saw the preparation the country was making to host the Cup in 2010. Those preparations are now stadiums with pitches that are among the most excellent in the entire world.  The best players from each country play on these fields and are watched by all manner of men and women, kings and queens included.

The guys that are responsible for the grass, whether it is the dirt man, the fertilizer man, the grass man, the mower man, etc… they are all standing in front of kings!  I am sure as they watch these matches they feel a pride in the job that they have done.  But, I believe, they were “skilled in their work” before they were called on to have a hand in making these fields so very beautiful.

A question I asked myself and will ask you is, “How well are you doing the job that the Lord has given you to do?”  No matter if you are a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, etc… we are to work according to Colossians 3: 17, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”   As men, we were created to honor God in our work!  This is a concern we teach and hold in high regard in the Men’s Ministry at Faith Community Church (FCC).

I encourage you to take an active part in the Men’s Ministry at FCC.  Get involved in accountability relationships with brothers in Christ through one of our many fellowship groups, Bible studies, prayer meetings, etc. We look forward to having you become an important part of the Men’s Ministry at Faith.

Matt Greco is a member of FCC and Headmaster at FCA.

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