ARE YOU OCCUPYING? Friday 17 June
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?” (Lk. 12:42).
READ: Luke 12:42-48
Besides giving the right counsel, a wise fellow can also be identified by the kind of heart he or she has. Broadly speaking, there are two types of hearts – foolish and wise hearts. The foolish hearted are those whose hearts reject wisdom. If your heart repels the thought of God and His Word, that heart is surrounded by foolishness. On the other hand, if your heart easily receives God’s Word and thoughts, that is a wise heart. The one whose heart is made up, that God does not exist has a foolish heart. Also, the fellow who down plays God over crucial affairs in his or her life has a foolish heart. According to Proverbs 22:15: every child is born with foolishness tied to the heart. But through the application of the rod, foolishness is removed and replaced with wisdom. Just as the physical rod removes foolishness, so also does the rod of God’s Word deal with every kind of foolishness and leave us with the wisdom that is far beyond comparison. This, therefore, means that the foolish heart is simply, an untrained heart. It is a heart that has not been pummelled by God’s Word: What type of heart do you have?
Another way to identify a wise fellow is by his or her ability to occupy until Christ’s return. It is wisdom to know God’s will and expectations. It is wisdom to satisfy them. It takes wisdom to be saved and to come into God’s vineyard as a labourer, and it takes a higher level of wisdom to occupy until one’s death, or until Christ returns. For lack of wisdom, many have abandoned their Heavenly assignments for earthly tasks. According to today’s reading, Jesus says the one He meets doing His assignment is a wise servant. This means it is only foolish servants of Christ who discontinue from service when He has not stopped them. Have you retired yourself from God’s service when the One who assigned you has not retired you? If you have, get back to the work now! Rapture or death must meet you still active for Jesus. Have you downed tools in your department because you are not pleased whit what your leader is doing? Or, is your growing involvement in secular work fast eroding time for spiritual assignments? It takes wisdom to balance these so that your eternal reward will be intact.
Any believer who allows anything or anyone to truncate his or her trip to Heaven is most foolish. He or she will pay for such foolishness eternally in hell.
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