September 23 / Proverbs 23 / John 17

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Proverbs 23:4-5

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; be wise enough to control yourself. Wealth can vanish in the wink of an eye. It can seem to grow wings and fly away like an eagle.

Know when to stop. To say, “Enough is enough.” Not only with regard to money, but also with regard to work. Money is fleeting, so why wear yourself out for it?

Sabbath. We all need sabbath rest. It was made for us. If you do not take a 24 hour period of rest every week, I promise you that you are not as at peace as you could be.

Seek first the kingdom of God, and all your needs will be met by your loving, heavenly Father. If we have food, clothing, and shelter, then we have quite enough to pursue the kingdom of God and its righteousness. Hell, many have not even had those basic needs for a period in their life and still pursued Christ!

As the book title goes: Jesus + Nothing = Everything

John 17:23

“They must be completely one, so that the world will know you sent me.” -Jesus the Messiah

Jesus Himself prayed for us.

Us.

We who are on earth right now, who are “His church” as we say.

We have one section of one chapter of the entire Bible where it is recorded that God’s chosen One actually prayed something specifically for those who would later believe the true message of His disciples.

So whatever He prayed and was recorded must be of vital importance, right?

And what did He pray?

He prayed for our unity.

It is jugular that we followers of Jesus be in agreement on the few things that matter.

Why?

Because that’s how the world will know that Jesus is from God. Because nothing screams “Love of God” more than a bunch of angry “Christians” arguinging at each other about who is right and who is going to hell, can I get an amen??…..uhhhhhh, yeah. Right.

When enough people agree on the same thing, people will start to take note and even believe it. Jesus knew what He was doing. He knew what He was praying.

How can one argue with thousands upon thousands of lives transformed by the exact same thing–Jesus?

It is to Him we look. It is on Him we must agree. It is Him who we must love with all our heart.

A hundred pianos, all tuned to the same fork, are automatically in tune with each other. -A.W. Tozer

 

 

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