Recently I was speaking to a group of about six ladies and we got into a discussion about God, faith and our priorities. They were very sincere in their words, even though they were sincerely wrong- like my husband would say. As we talked I understood better when Jesus “loved” the young rich ruler in the book of Mark 10: 17- 21
I loved them.
They maintained that they couldn’t let their business suffer as a result of their pursuit of God and service in His kingdom. They told me that their business was given to them by God and He wouldn’t be happy to see their business fail, they also said they had their customers to please and wouldn’t want to lose them because they had to lock up and say; go out to witness, go for bible study, attend a prayer meeting and all of that. I loved them even more as I saw their innocence and ignorance all mixed together.
I talked to them about Matthew 6:33 (NASB) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
I encouraged them to believe and practice that scripture. If they would put every thing aside and give God His place of superiority in their lives and business, they would see how God would cause their business to flourish.
You know, that day I couldn’t help but wonder how people would let the same things they asked God for, the same things God blessed them with, to become an excuse for not giving God the supremacy and attention He demands and deserves.
Many have cried for children and then God blessed them with children, these same blessings suddenly turn around to become the reason they can no longer serve God like they used to. For some it is their wives or husbands, some others it is their jobs or business or careers.
How can we allow the blessings take us away from the giver, our Father, our Master, our Lord? It should not be so; yes, we might need to make some adjustments but we must never lose the fervor, if anything, we should serve God more because He has blessed us.
When some people tell me how their business, or spouse or children or academics has been so demanding that they hardly have time for God…. I often ask them if they could stand before God and give Him those same excuses, and if they thought God would accept them. I believe this breaks God’s heart.
The Enemy’s Trick
You see, the devil works so had to keep us busy, anything he can do from keeping us far from God and His kingdom business he will delightfully do. Many of these things are not bad things, they are good things, he only makes us put them ahead of God.
I would love for you to take note that anything that takes you far or away from God is being used by the enemy…
My heart has often gone out to those ladies and I talk to God about them and ask for Him to minister to their hearts so they can understand better and make changes.
Do you have any “genuine” reasons why you cannot serve God like you used to or like you should?
Is there something you can do about them?
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