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.

Matthew 22:11 The Wrong Clothing

But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. Matthew 22:11

Society has often made it a requirement that when a person attends certain events or places he must dress a certain way. Some high-end restaurants will require a man to wear a suit and tie to eat there. If he does not wear the proper clothing, he will not be allowed to enter.

The more formal the event being attended, the more formal the clothing that is expected to be worn. Some people will attempt to dress down, ignoring the requirement, only to find out that they are rejected entry.

Jesus gave a parable about a king having a wedding and inviting people to it. One man came, but was not dressed appropriately and was cast out.

It is very common for many people to try to ignore the dress requirements. This occurs within the church also, but not with the man-made rules on how to physically dress. Many people go to church improperly dressed. The improper dress in church is going to church without putting on the righteousness and holiness of Christ.

There are those who claim to know Jesus and go to church, but do not even attempt to live a holy life for God. They purposefully live in sin, refusing to change. Sadly many churches ignore the how a person is dressed spiritually.

God does not ignore the spiritual dressing. If a person does not clothe himself with the holiness and righteousness of Christ, God will kick him out in the end. He will not be allowed into heaven at the marriage supper with Christ.

Everyone who considers himself to be a believer must cloth himself with God’s holiness. He must become a new creation, with a new appearance that is suitable to be in the presence of God. Jesus provides the clothing.

Take time to examine your life and see how you are dressed. In yourself, you cannot dress yourself properly, but Jesus made a way. Jesus removes all sin and provides His righteousness and holiness that is needed.

Seek to be like Jesus in every way, so that when you step into the presence of God you will be in the proper clothes. In Jesus you are a new creation with new clothing, not the old person with the shabby clothes of this world. Dress for the occasion.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus; that you will be a new creation in Christ; and that you will always be dressed to meet with God.

Isaiah 61:10 Great Delight

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I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 

There are many things that people take great joy or delight in. It can be jobs, positions, family, children, friends, things that they have or most anything else.

Most commonly are things that people have or can do. They find their strength in certain things or certain hobbies that can make them happy. Excitement arises when they have those objects or are doing those hobbies.

While these things can be good, they are only temporary. The delight in them usually wears off quickly and they seeking bigger and better things.

Isaiah says that he delights greatly in the Lord and rejoices in God. The reason for this delight and rejoicing is that God has clothed him with righteousness.

Every believer is a person who deserved eternal punishment of death in hell. Yet, God had mercy on him and as forgiven him of all sins. Not only did Jesus forgive the sins, but He also clothed him with righteousness and salvation. There is no more death sentence upon his head.

Taking delight in this is the believer does not take his salvation or Christ’s righteousness for granted. He does not continue to live in sin, but allows his life to be changed and begin to live for God. He finds great joy in living for God, rather than for self and this fallen world.

The true believer will realize how great the salvation is that God has given him and will not seek delight in anything else. The greatest joy will be found in God.

You may find delight in things and abilities in your life, however, what is your greatest delight? What is it that gets you excited and pumped up?

Take a moment to think about what God has done for you and what He has given you. Remember what you deserve and are not getting.

This should cause extreme delight in God’s great love and mercy for you. Find your strength in what God has done for you and rejoice in that.

Give God praise for the salvation and righteousness He has blessed you with. Nothing could be better than that.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find joy in the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will rejoice in God alone; and that you will live your life for God. 

Isaiah 11:5 Holding Clothes Up

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Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. Isaiah 11:5 

In order to keep from being exposed, one must wear some clothes. While the shirt will hold itself on correctly, pants often need something to hold them up. A belt of some sort is put on around the waist to hold the pants up.

While most people will wear clothes that will hold up and block exposure, there are some who do not appear to care. They will refuse to wear clothing that will keep them from being exposed. Some will be embarrassed by the exposure, while others will thrive in exposure.

Isaiah is writing about Jesus and that He will have righteousness and faithfulness tied around His waist to hold His clothing on.

The two things that are keeping Jesus from bad exposure are righteousness and faithfulness. Righteousness is doing the right thing every time. It is choosing to live for God, despite the cost. Faithfulness is being able to be relied up to do what is right every time.

Doing these two things keeps a person from being exposed to shameful sin in his life.

It is often heard of some believer being caught in shameful sins. These are not just a simple accidental sins, but sinful lifestyles. This occurs because he is not clothed with righteousness and faithfulness.

The believer cannot cloth himself correctly in his own, he needs help. Jesus has provided the righteousness that every believer needs. Accepting His forgiveness and holiness into one’s life is clothing oneself correctly.

Every believer is also supposed to be living as Jesus lived–in holiness, righteousness and faithfulness. When Jesus left, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give every believer the needed strength and clothing. This is what gives the believer the ability to be His witness to the world.

Take a moment to look at your life. Are people able to see a sinful person who is not really living for God? Or are they seeing Christ in you?

Clothe yourself with His righteousness and then live that life of righteousness. He has given all that you need to live for Him.

Since you have faith in Jesus to save you, live a faithful life to Him. Live in a way that God can trust you with the riches He has available for you.

As you live, properly clothed, you will not have to fear being exposed in the wrong way, but can be His true witness to this dark world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on His righteousness; that you will be faithful like Jesus is; that God will help you turn from all sin to live for Him; and that you will be His witness to this world. 

Psalm 30:11-12 Clothed For A Purpose

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You have turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 

In times of pain or sorrow, people will weep and wail, losing all joy in their life. During these times many people will turn to drugs or other things to try and cope with the pain that they are going through. Some will even seek death because the pain and suffering is so great that they feel that life cannot go on.

The things that the world uses to cope with the pain never really solve the problem. With those things there is no hope really given.

David had been going through some painful times and had been weeping and wailing before God for mercy. As he did that God heard his prayers and did help him. He put on new clothes of righteousness that brought about joy in his life. The purpose for the new clothing was to give Him praise and tell others about what God had done.

Believers today often go through difficult times. Sometimes it is brought on by personal sin in their lives, other times it is from other people. They cry out to God for mercy and God still hears to this day.

People can be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, removing all sin and shame and filling them with everlasting joy. However, this is not just for personal relief, but to be a witness to others. It is to openly give God praise, letting the world know what He has done.

No matter what a person has done, God is there ready to forgive and move forward. He wants His people to filled with His joy being able to sing praises.

God is there today ready to forgive you and remove your dirty old clothes of sin and shame. He is ready to change your wailing to dancing and fill you with His joy that the world cannot understand.

When God pulls you through a difficult situation or has forgiven you of something you have done wrong, be willing to sing praises to Him. Be willing to share that out loud with those around you. Put joy on your face and live in that joy.

Do not stay in sorrow or pain, but accept what God has for you, knowing the hope you have in Jesus of eternal life some day.

I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that God will fill you with His joy; and that you will praise God for His great mercy in your life.