None of us were created to go it alone! None of us were setup to do it all by ourselves! That’s why we have one another! Are you willing to look out for the good of others? Are you willing to speak up? Are you willing to speak out? That’s why there are people in our lives who will speak truth in love after seeing how we are living in order to help. Are you willing to allow others to help? Are you willing to give up some control? Are you willing to delegate?
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. notice what large letters i use as i write these closing words in my own handwriting. Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
–from Galatians 6:1-18
Today’s reading takes this from the leadership and delegation side…Work with God and figure out who you can ask to step up and help. Work with God to help you find people who have integrity, honesty, who fear and trust God, and who are capable. Who could be part of managing the different parts, the different areas, the thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Let them deal with the smaller items so that you can focus on the bigger ones based on their abilities.
1Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and Moses’ father-in-law, heard about everything God had done for Moses and for His people Israel, and how Adonai had brought Israel out of Egypt. ( 2Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken in Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away 3with her two sons. One was named Gershom because he said, “I have been an outsider in a foreign land,” 4and the name of the other was Eliezer because he said, “For my father’s God is my help , and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.”) 5So Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. 6He had told Moses, “I, Jethro your father-in-law, am coming to you, along with your wife and her two sons.” 7So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, then bowed down and kissed him. They asked each other about their welfare, and went into the tent. 8Moses told his father-in-law all that Adonai had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, as well as all the travail that had come upon them along the way, and how Adonai delivered them. 9Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness that Adonai had shown to Israel, since He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10Jethro said, “Blessed be Adonai, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11Now I know that Adonai is greater than all gods, since they had acted arrogantly against them.” 12Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, presented a burnt offering and sacrifices to God. Aaron also came along with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God. 13The next day, Moses sat to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What’s this you’re doing to the people? Why sit by yourself, alone, with all the people standing around from morning until evening?” 15Moses answered his father-in-law, “It’s because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16When they have an issue, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, so I make them understand God’s statutes and His laws.” 17But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you’re doing is no good. 18You will surely wear yourself out, as well as these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot do it alone, by yourself. 19Now listen to my voice—I will give you advice, and may God be with you! You, represent the people before God, and bring their cases to God. 20Enlighten them as to the statutes and the laws, and show them the way by which they must walk and the work they must do. 21But you should seek out capable men out of all the people—men who fear God, men of truth, who hate bribery. Appoint them to be rulers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22Let them judge the people all the time. Then let every major case be brought to you, but every minor case they can judge for themselves. Make it easier for yourself, as they bear the burden with you. 23If you do this thing as God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their places in shalom.” 24So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25Moses chose capable men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26They judged the people all the time. The hard cases they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went on his way to his own land.
–from Exodus 18
Are you in a position where you need to be able to delegate? Are you in a position where you need to have a tough conversation with someone? Are you willing to do what is best for the two of you? Are you willing to do what is best for the greater good? Consider where you are at! Consider what is needed! Consider what can be done! Ask God for wisdom! Act out in wisdom and in truth, speaking in love!
Will you remember what God has done? Will you trust Him? Will listen to His voice? Will you obey what He commands?
Theophany at Sinai
1In the third month after Bnei-Yisrael had gone out of the land of Egypt, that same day they arrived at the wilderness of Sinai. 2They travelled from Rephidim, came into to the wilderness of Sinai, and set up camp in the wilderness. Israel camped there, right in front of the mountain. 3Moses went up to God, and Adonai called to him from the mountain saying, “Say this to the house of Jacob, and tell Bnei-Yisrael, 4‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself. 5Now then, if you listen closely to My voice, and keep My covenant, then you will be My own treasure from among all people, for all the earth is Mine. 6So as for you, you will be to Me a kingdom of kohanim and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you are to speak to Bnei-Yisrael.” 7So Moses went, called for the elders of the people, and put before them all these words that Adonai had commanded him. 8All the people answered together and said, “Everything that Adonai has spoken, we will do.” Then Moses reported the words of the people to Adonai. 9Adonai said to Moses, “I am about to come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people will hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to Adonai. 10Adonai said to Moses, “Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothing. 11Be ready for the third day. For on the third day Adonai will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12You are to set boundaries for the people all around, saying, ‘Be very careful not to go up onto the mountain, or touch the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain will surely be put to death. 13Not a hand is to touch it, but he will surely be stoned or shot through. Whether it is an animal or a man, it will not live.’ When the shofar sounds, they may come up to the mountain.” 14Then Moses went down from the mountain to the people, consecrated them, and then, they washed their clothing. 15He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day. Do not draw near your wives.” 16In the morning of the third day, there was thundering and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, and the blast of an exceedingly loud shofar. All the people in the camp trembled. 17Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the lowest part of the mountain. 18Now the entire Mount Sinai was in smoke, because Adonai had descended upon it in fire. The smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace. The whole mountain quaked greatly. 19When the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him with a thunderous sound. 20Then Adonai came down onto Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. Adonai called Moses to the top of the mountain, so Moses went up. 21Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to see Adonai, and many of them die. 22Even the kohanim who come near to Adonai must consecrate themselves, so that Adonai does not break out against them.” 23Moses said to Adonai, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You are the One who warned us, saying, ‘Set boundaries around the mountain, and consecrate it.’” 24Then Adonai said to him, “Go down. You are to come back up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the kohanim and the people break through to come up to Adonai, or He will break out against them.” 25So Moses went down to the people and told them.
–from Exodus 19
Will you remember? Will you forget? Will you obey? Will you disobey? Will you trust? Will you fear? How will you choose to live? Will you take time to daily grasp the glory of God? Will you take a moment to look around and thank God? Will you balance our your time to ensure you are actually working on the right things?
Glory from Heaven and Torah
1For the music director, a psalm of David. 2The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork. 3Day to day they speak, night to night they reveal knowledge. 4There is no speech, no words, where their voice goes unheard. 5Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens He pitched a tent for the sun. 6It is like a bridegroom coming out of his bridal chamber. It is like a strong man rejoicing to run his course. 7It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other end. Nothing is hidden from its heat. 8The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of Adonai is trustworthy, making the simple wise. 9The precepts of Adonai are right, giving joy to the heart. The mitzvot of Adonai are pure, giving light to the eyes. 10The fear of Adonai is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of Adonai are true and altogether righteous. 11They are more desirable than gold, yes, more than much pure gold! They are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 12Moreover by them Your servant is warned. In keeping them there is great reward. 13Who can discern his errors? Cleanse me of hidden faults. 14Also keep Your servant from willful sins. May they not have dominion over me. Then I will be blameless, free from great transgression. 15May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.
–from Psalms 19
How will you glorify God today? How will you live so that He is glorified? God is good! His plans are good! His purpose is good! So put your hope and your trust in Him!
Shalom with God through Messiah
1Therefore, having been made righteous by trusting, we have shalom with God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 2Through Him we also have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and boast in the hope of God’s glory. 3And not only that, but we also boast in suffering—knowing that suffering produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Ruach ha-Kodesh who was given to us. 6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Messiah died for the ungodly. 7For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man someone might even dare to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us. 9How much more then, having now been set right by His blood, shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him. 10For if, while we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. 11And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Yet Sin Reigns through Death
12So then, just as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, in the same way death spread to all men because all sinned. 13For up until the Torah, sin was in the world; but sin does not count as sin when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in a manner similar to the violation of Adam, who is a pattern of the One to come. 15But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if many died because of the transgression of one man, how much more did the grace of God overflow to many through the gift of one Man—Yeshua the Messiah. 16Moreover, the gift is not like what happened through the one who sinned. For on the one hand, the judgment from one violation resulted in condemnation; but on the other hand, the gracious gift following many transgressions resulted in justification. 17For if by the one man’s transgression, death reigned through the one, how much more shall those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Messiah Yeshua. 18So then, through the transgression of one, condemnation came to all men; likewise, through the righteousness of one came righteousness of life to all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man, many will be set right forever. 20Now the Torah came in so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace overflowed even more— 21so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness, to eternal life through Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
–from Romans 5
In the good times and the bad. In the easy times and the tough times. Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds. Remember to be an overcomer as Jesus overcame the earth.
So let’s be ready! Let’s come prepared! Let’s bring what we need so that we are ready for the day in which we live! Let’s be prepared! Let’s put on the full armor of God! Let’s be filled up so that we can endure what is going to happen! Let’s not be surprised! Let’s not miss out! Let’s be prepared and rejoice! Do not grow weary in doing what is right!
Parable of the Ten Virgins
1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them. 4But the wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5“Now while the bridegroom was taking a long time, they all got drowsy and started falling asleep. 6But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8Now the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, since our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise ones replied, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.’ 10“But while they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11Now later, the other virgins came, saying, ‘Sir, Sir, open up for us!’ 12“But he replied, ‘Amen, I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Therefore stay alert, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
–from Matthew 25
Let’s not waste the gifts and talents God has given us! Let’s not lose the hope that is within us! Let’s multiply! Let’s increase! Let’s be good stewards of what we have been given! Let’s glorify God!
Parable of the Talents
14“For it is like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16“Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five more. 17In the same way, the one with two gained two more. 18But the one who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19“Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20The one who had received the five talents came up and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed me five talents. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 22“The one who had received the two talents also came up and said, ‘Master, you handed me two talents. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 24“Then the one who had received the one talent also came up and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25So I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26“But his master responded, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you should have brought my money to the brokers, and when I came I would have received it back with interest. 28Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For to the one who has, more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30Throw the worthless servant out, into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
–from Matthew 25
So let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! And let’s see the glory of God!
The Righteous Judge
31“Now when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; 36I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38And when did we see You a stranger and invite You in? Or naked and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they too will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not care for You?’ 45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ 46These shall go off to everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
–from Matthew 25