No one likes to be corrected, yet we know that we need it regularly, especially in our spiritual lives.
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
You are the Favorite Big Brother, the Benevolent Master,
the Ultimate Boss, and the Good Drill Sergeant.
A good boss will train his employees to do things his way. The employees understand going into the job that the boss decides on how things are to be done. Would that we had this attitude with God! He is the Ultimate Boss. He IS patience. He IS kindness. He IS longsuffering–aren’t we glad!!! He IS gentle. He IS faithful. He promises to teach us how to be these qualities.
The benefits of working for the LORD are awesome! He wants us to work WITH Him. We “see” Him working in people’s lives and He calls us to help Him. We come alongside others even as He comes alongside us (which is the job of the Holy Spirit).
If you haven’t memorized the fruit of the Spirit yet (Galatians 5:22-23), let’s go over them again. They are:
- Love, joy, peace- He supplies these. They are what emanate from Him. If we want them, all we have to do is spend time in his presence.
- Patience, kindness, goodness- We work at these qualities. They are play-by-play decisions. We must ask ourselves, “Is what I am thinking good?” “Is what I am about to say kind?” “Am I being patient or are my expectations unrealistic?” The Spirit will guide us, train us, and correct us as we go.
- Faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control- These fruit are what happens to us over time. We become good and productive apprentices to our Boss. We get into a comfortable groove with Him that just feels good. We can’t expect to stay in that groove forever (He has other things to teach us), but we can enjoy it. He’ll teach us something new and then we’ll hit that groove again. “Higher up and further in.”
24 “The student is not above the teacher [boss], nor a servant above his master [boss].25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers [bosses], and servants like their masters [bosses].” Matthew 10:24-25a
Is it your goal to be like God? Jesus wants to teach us, train us, mold us, shape us, and transform us into the likeness of God, which is Himself. The Holy Spirit is the Agent through which He works in our lives. It’s a 24/7 thing. Let’s not be lazy about our spirituality. It is All-Important if our goal is to be like Christ. The process of becoming like Him affects our relationships, our work ethic, our play, and our worship. We must persevere. “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James 1:4.
Ask the LORD for everything you need for today. He will give it–as you need it! Our peace comes when we realize that He will be faithful to do so. Our faith is grown as our confidence builds. We work for the ULTIMATE BOSS!
Abba, I pray that You will grow our faith today as we walk through this day. May we turn to You often; may You give us what we need according to what we ask. Teach us to call on You for EVERYTHING. I don’t want to grow today, LORD, but I know it’s necessary and good for me. So, let’s go! Amen.