Zechariah 7:5 Why Do You Do It?

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Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?’ Zechariah 7:5 

It is very common for people to do things for reasons that do not show up on the surface of their lives. Many people give a lot of money to different charities that appear to look like they are trying to help the poor or helpless, however, often the purpose is for a tax write-off, not out of love and true care.

This can also be seen in the work place. People work for a paycheck only, not as a service to others or for their employer. Then they do as little as possible to get that check, or they work hard, only to get a promotion.

God asks the people what was their real purpose in fasting over the previous seventy years while they were in captivity.

Believers can often be just like the world in reasons why they do things. It is common for some to do services in the church only for the reason to look good before God and others. They are trying to win points with God by doing certain things. Their hearts are far from God’s heart.

It is not only in believers doing things, but also in not doing some things. Some will not sin in certain ways, just to look good before God and others. Many will still do the sin in their heart or behind closed doors where they are not sin.

Actions like this are about pride and self. Every believer must ask himself why he is doing or not doing something. It must be determined if it is what God wants and if it is being done out of love for God and others.

Examine the things that you do or don’t do. Now ask yourself why you do or don’t do those things.

Your greatest motivation for doing or not doing something should be out of love for God. It should be because God has asked these things of you.

Your goal in life should be to live like Jesus did, not to look good or escape hell, but because of what Jesus has done for you. Do what you do out of gratefulness for the life Jesus has given you. Any other reason is selfish and is worthless before God.

I pray today that you will know what God desires of you; that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will do things out of love for God and others; and that you will love as Jesus loved. 

Job 4:7 False Counsel

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“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?” Job 4:7 

When something bad happens to a person, many believe that the person must have done something wrong. Often it is that he must have made a bad choice  that brought on the bad situation in his life. According to the world, a person is in control of his whole life, bad things should never occur to a good person.

Once something happens bad to a person, many begin to question the why of what happened. They start searching for answers wanting to solve the problem. In this process the wrong answer is often believed.

Job had done nothing wrong and was notated as living an upright and innocent life, yet, he lost everything. One of his friends, Eliphaz, came by with some counsel on what had occurred. Part of his suggestion was that Job was guilty of some sin, because no one innocent or upright has ever been destroyed like this.

While Eliphaz’s thoughts seem logical, they fall short of understanding God’s ways. There have been many people who were innocent and upright who have perished. No, they did not perish for eternity, but they perished here on this earth. They were killed or became sick to the point of death or something else bad occurred.

Take a look at Jesus, perfect and holy, yet He suffered and died. In a sense He was destroyed. His body on this earth was killed. However, despite the killing, because He was perfect and holy, He rose again and was not destroyed eternally.

The believer in Jesus is also made holy and righteous before God through the power of Jesus. He may suffer and die here on this earth, but it is only a temporary death, he will be raised again to life.

As a believer, do not be quick to judge yourself or others for problems occurring in life. Allow God to examine you and point out any sins you may have that may have brought on the suffering, but also accept that it may not be caused by your sins.

God does allow suffering and pain in the lives of His children. Don’t give the false counsel of blaming personal sin for personal problems always. Sometimes it is God working in your life as He was in Job’s life.

You cannot always see behind the scenes as to what God is doing or why He allows something. However, you can trust Him fully.

I pray today that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will reveal any sin in your life; that God will strengthen you during sufferings; and that God will make you more like Jesus. 

John 1:31Reason For What You Do

“I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed in Israel.” John 1:31

John the Baptist was going around baptizing people. He was calling them to a life of repentance and turning back to God. As he was doing this he also stated that someone greater than himself was coming. His whole purpose in baptizing the people was to reveal the one to come, who was Jesus. When Jesus appeared, John quickly pointed all the people to Him.

People all over the world are looking for a purpose in this life. Many cannot seem to find any purpose for their being. They lose hope and give up. There are many who give up to the point of committing suicide.

Others will turn to things to cope with having no purpose. Drugs, sex, food, porn, careers, and many other things are what people find their purpose in. All of these things are temporary. Although some, like food and careers, can be good, they cannot give the true purpose for the life of a person.

God made man to have a relationship with Him and to point others to Jesus. Everything that you say and do is for these two purposes.

John was baptizing people to reveal Jesus. What are you doing today to reveal Jesus?

God has placed you in a position at a job in order to reveal Jesus in that workplace. God has placed you in the checkout line at the grocery store to reveal Jesus to someone. God has placed you in the hospital for you to reveal Jesus to those there.

Whenever you do something, do not do it just because it needs to be done or to earn a paycheck. Do not do it just for yourself. Be willing to do it for an opportunity to point someone to Jesus. Use every opportunity you can to point people to Jesus.

Lift Jesus up. Show the world who He is. Do not be selfish in what you do. Allow everything to be done for the glory of God.

I pray today that God will reveal ways to show Jesus to others; that God will reveal His purpose for you today; that you will see God’s purpose in everything that occurs in your life; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; and that God will build His kingdom through you.