One of my mottos: Nothing is impossible and everything is a learning experience; a learning experience to become better, stronger, more faithful, and to get us closer to our glorified state. What if thatís the goal?
Life on earth is training and I believe school is over only when Christ returns. Graduation happens at different stages. Iím close to graduation from one stage, but then after another stage will begin. It never ceases. All our hard work will pay off at His return when we receive a new name, a glorified body, and get to see him as He is. What a day that will be!
But we donít think of that do we? We have become used to suffering and bad news. We pray for God to take certain trials away and when he doesnít we either get angry, start questioning or exclaim like Job ďGod gives, God takes away, may His name be glorifiedĒ(depending of the level of our faith).
Do we ever stop to think about how Job got there in the first place? First of all, the mere fact that God bragged about Job is something to be considered. Would God brag about you? It is certainly a place I would like to be but I doubt that Iím already there. The reason for Jobís calamity was because Satan asked for him. Satan asks for us all the time. This reminds me of when Jesus told Peter ďSatan has asked to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you Simon so that you may withstand and when you have come out, strengthen your brethren.Ē
How much do we even care about our brethren? Do we strengthen one another? Something else that caught my attention while reading the book of Acts was the fellowship Christians had. No one lacked anything because those who had plenty sold what they had to help those who didnít. Do we still do that today?
A logical argument would be that the economy is bad and we have to take care of our own bills, but if we were applying that principle would we be feeling the pangs of the economy the way we are now?
Do people give up their own luxury for others anymore? Would we give up our full course dinner to support someoneís business or dream?
What happens when we help others? What happens when we give up our own comfort for the sake of someone else? We reflect God.
I know itís easy for others to take advantage of our desire to serve and that we canít change. So before joyfully starting on your new adventure, pray that God places His children that are in dire need in your path thereby building the body of Christ.
ďCarry each otherís burdens and in this way we will fulfill the law of ChristĒ Galatians 6:2