Don’t allow pride to get in the way of the purpose and plan!

Someone else is doing it? Does it help the cause? If it doesn’t don’t worry about it! Are you supposed to become less and allow them to become more? Do you understand your roles and responsibilities around this? Don’t be boastful! Don’t be prideful! Be a humble servant and allow God’s purpose and God’s plan to be worked in and through your life!

Today’s reading continues in John 3…

Jesus and John

22After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the province of Judea, where he spent some time with them and baptized. 23John also was baptizing in Aenon, not far from Salim, because there was plenty of water in that place. People were going to him, and he was baptizing them. (24This was before John had been put in prison.) 25Some of John’s disciples began arguing with a Jew about the matter of ritual washing. 26So they went to John and told him, “Teacher, you remember the man who was with you on the east side of the Jordan, the one you spoke about? Well, he is baptizing now, and everyone is going to him!” 27John answered, “No one can have anything unless God gives it. 28You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete. 30He must become more important while I become less important.” –from John 3

God has a plan and purpose for each of us. God’s plan is good so we can have and live a life that gives us a hope and a future! Let’s live life so that we are complete, lacking nothing. Yes we will face challenges, but it’s a process that will allow us to become complete lacking nothing!

What is it that you are chasing after? What is it that you worship? Is it money? Money isn’t evil, but the love of money is the root of all evil! Consider the desires of your heart for that is where the overflow comes from and will be spoken and acted out. It’s important to get your priorities set straight! Put first things first! We read in Matthew how we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be taken care of!

Today’s reading continues into James with a message to the rich…

Warning to the Rich

1And now, you rich people, listen to me! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming upon you! 2Your riches have rotted away, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. 3Your gold and silver are covered with rust, and this rust will be a witness against you and will eat up your flesh like fire. You have piled up riches in these last days. 4You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty. 5Your life here on earth has been full of luxury and pleasure. You have made yourselves fat for the day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered innocent people, and they do not resist you. –from James 5

So where are you at today? What are you chasing after? What is it going TO TAKE BEFORE YOU MAKE A CHANGE? Have you started the pursuit and the transformation? Will you look to God and allow Him to help lead and guide you before it is too late? What may seem impossible to men is possible with God! There is a scripture that speaks to how hard it is for a rich man to get through the eye of a needle, but Jesus is clear, nothing is impossible for God!

Impossible is just an excuse not to try!

All of us have made mistakes! That is why we al need Jesus! He is the only way for us to be made right with God! We see as we continue today’s reading the wisdom spoken and the importance of godly wisdom for our lives…

15My life has been useless, but in it I have seen everything. Some good people may die while others live on, even though they are evil. 16So don’t be too good or too wise—why kill yourself 17But don’t be too wicked or too foolish, either—why die before you have to? 18Avoid both extremes. If you have reverence for God, you will be successful anyway.
19Wisdom does more for a person than ten rulers can do for a city.
20There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.
21Don’t pay attention to everything people say—you may hear your servant insulting you, 22and you know yourself that you have insulted other people many times.
23I used my wisdom to test all of this. I was determined to be wise, but it was beyond me. 24How can anyone discover what life means? It is too deep for us, too hard to understand. 25But I devoted myself to knowledge and study; I was determined to find wisdom and the answers to my questions, and to learn how wicked and foolish stupidity is.
26I found something more bitter than death—the woman who is like a trap. The love she offers you will catch you like a net, and her arms around you will hold you like a chain. A man who pleases God can get away, but she will catch the sinner. 27Yes, said the Philosopher, I found this out little by little while I was looking for answers. 28I have looked for other answers but have found none. I found one man in a thousand that I could respect, but not one woman. 29This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.

–from Ecclesiastes 7

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