Saturday, July 2, 2011

ENGAGE YOUR HANDS Sunday 3 July

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God” (Col. 3:22)

READ: Colossians 3:22-24

If there is one lesson to take away from Exodus 2:5-10, it is that God rewards acts of faith, and that He can decide to use even your enemies to reward you, like it happened to the mother of Moses. Often, after a good deed has been done, many of us set our hopes and expectations on the particular person or organization that is on the receiving end of the deed. When we wait and receive nothing, we become discouraged. It only shows we are looking the wrong way! God is the real rewarder, not man, but He can choose to reward you from any angle, using any person of His choice, including your enemies. Do you know that the reward belonging to many people still lie in the hands of their enemies? The problem is they may never look that way. Look up to the Lord after every act of kindness, love, and faith, and He will reward you.

Another lesson from the story of Moses is that God can reward you for doing your normal, non-commercial duties. Whoever heard of a mother being paid salaries for raising up her baby? Yet, God can do this out of His superfluous benevolence. This means that if you can only be faithful to God and please Him in all you do, He would use your routine activities, say your domestic chores or even your secular assignments, for which you are being paid, as excuse to reward you beyond your expectations. God can look at you doing some mental job and decide to give you the reward that is above that of a white collar job. Are you prepared to provoke God’s superfluous abundance? To qualify for this, you must be diligent in what you do; hence, Proverbs 10:4 says, He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: butt the hand of the diligent maketh rich“. If you perform your routine assignments—sweeping, clearing, mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, doing the laundry, or school runs etc., with all your heart, you can attract a bigger reward from God. This is why manual labour is built into the School of Disciples course. Sometimes, such a reward may not be in monetary form; it could be an unusual talent or spiritual gift; it could be a higher level of His power and presence. To what extent do you provoke God’s uncommon blessing upon your life? If you are so high-up there that you cannot be involved in menial assignments, you may detach yourself from higher levels of anointing, and greater blessing.


ACTION POINT:
No matter how highly placed you are and how many servants you have, do not disengage yourself from domestic chores t home and in church.

Bible in One year: Judg. 9-12