John 6:27 What Are You Working For?

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father as placed his seal of approval. John 6:27

Every day millions of people go to work around the world. Their goal in working is to provide the need or desired money. This money is desired to have in order to get the food they eat, clothes they wear and toys they want.

Some have very simple tastes in what they want, so don’t work that much. Others are willing to put in extreme hours to get high-dollar items.

Shortly after feeding about 5,000 people, the people found Jesus again. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that will last for eternity.

While every person needs food, clothing and shelter, these things are not the most important things in life. All of these things are very temporary. Shortly after eating food, a person needs more. Clothes wear out after a short time. Housing will eventually fall apart. None of them last for eternity.

The only thing that lasts for eternity is the souls of men. Although Jesus fed and healed thousands of people, when He walked on the earth, that was not His primary focus. His focus of work was to do God’s will to save the souls of people.

Over the centuries God has not changed that focus of work. Every believer has a commission to preach the gospel message and make disciples. They are to be working for God at reaching the lost, focusing on what is eternal.

God gave His seal of approval upon Jesus because He was doing His will. God will also put His seal of approval on every believer who is doing His will.

As you go through your days, ask yourself what is your focus or goal. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day living for temporary things.

Ask God what work you can do that will have an eternal impact. Then be willing to do what God places before you. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the temporal dead things of this earth.

Aim for the things that will last for eternity–the souls of men and women. Put all your efforts in being His witness and making disciples as you work for the needed food, clothing and shelter.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will be His witness; that you will make disciples for Jesus; and that your work will see eternal results for God.

Revelation 19:5 Praise Our God

 

Raised hands in praise

Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Revelation 19:5

Praise is the giving an approval or admiration of to someone or something. It is something that people do all the time, though not always called praise. People praise others for their great work being done or success that they had. People praise an object that they really love and tell everyone about it. They praise their favorite restaurant or football team or college.

There is no one or anything that every person will praise at the same time. While one will praise a certain football team, another will despise it and praise another team. Praise is often given on the basis of one’s experience with the object or person. One person may have a great experience, while another may not have a good experience.

Believers in Jesus are told to praise God from the beginning of the Bible to the very end. In these final verses of the last book of the bible, every servant is called to praise God.

Every person that believes in Jesus has good reason to praise God, if for nothing else, than that they were saved from their sins. However, there are many reasons to praise God. Looking at the beauty in nature in this world is enough to praise God. He did a great job at designing this world and the skies.

The miracle of life and the design of the body is worthy of praise. The fact that God is in control of every situation is worthy of praise. And the list of why a person needs to praise God goes on.

There is also a great number of ways a person can praise God. Praising God does not have to be just inside a church building during a worship service. It can be a life of praise.

Praise is done when a person tells others about Jesus. Praise occurs when things are done for Him. Praise is done when you tell Him how great He is in your own words. You can praise Him by showing His love to others. You give Him praise when you turn from sin because of what Jesus has done for you.

When you think about how much God has done for you, you will not stop giving Him praise. Praise the Lord!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know reasons to praise God; that you will continually praise God; that your whole life will be one of praise to God; and that you will praise God to other people. 

Psalm 101:3 Giving Approval

I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. Psalm 101:3

Businesses will say that one of the greatest methods of getting a product sold is to get people to approve of it and tell others about the product. When someone loves a product, they will be open to telling others about and encourage them to get it also. In this way the product is sold more, with no extra cost to the manufacturer.

What the product is does not matter. It could be clothing, hair product, a movie, a car, or anything else. Along with physical products, it can be actions or events that are occurring or about to occur.

Often people look on an event and give approval of it by not pointing out when it is something done completely against God. Sinful acts are promoted in movies all the time, and many Christians go and see those very same movies as though they are the best thing on the earth.

Other Christians will go to parties that are filled with drunkenness and other things against God’s word, and not be the witness God has called them to be. They will not stand up against the sin being done.

By doing these kinds of actions, the believer is giving approval to sin.

The psalmist says that he will not look on anything with approval that is vile or sin.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you must commit your heart to God. As you commit your heart to God, your eyes must also be committed to God. What are you willing to look at with approval?

God is not asking you to close your eyes to the world and not see what is going on around you. He is, however, telling you to not approve of the sin that is going on around you. Jesus saw sin as He walked on the earth, but never approved of it. He spoke against sin.

What are you approving of?

It should only be things that are of God and for God. These things will be filled with God’s love. Anything else should be rejected. Do not fall into the ways of this world and accept things as the world does. Live for God today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the world as it is; that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will not approve of anything God does not approve of; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.