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Daily Bread - August 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 August 2017 08:55
2 Timothy 2:4 - No one serving in the army gets entangled with everyday
affairs, so that he may please the commanding officer.

The first thing about this verse that everyone should be aware of is that
God has commissioned all of us to serve in His army. However, if we are
going to please Him, then we must be willing to be as dedicated as a
soldier is to the battle, and as committed as an athlete to his training.
The Kingdom of God is supposed to be first in our lives -not our jobs
(Matthew 6:19-34). If we are not watchful, our jobs can easily consume us;
and we will lose track of our purpose. We will become restricted and
controlled, and no longer free to be who we are called to be in Christ
Jesus. Our ministries and commitments to our families and to the local
church will end up taking a back seat to our dedication and commitment to
our jobs. The people around us will no longer be the precious souls for
whom Christ died, but rather the means to our success or the threat of our
failure.

Being tangled up in the cares of this world chokes the Word of God, so that
we no longer live by the Word; but, instead, we end up living by our own
desires (Matthew 13:22). It is the cares of riches and the pleasures of
this life that ruin us and keep us from bringing forth the perfect fruit
that God desires to display through us (Luke 8:14, 21:34). In this
deceitful trap, we slip away from making God the sole object of our trust,
and we begin to trust in ourselves. Suddenly, the peace is gone, and our
lives are consumed with stress and worry (Philippians 4:6; Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Yet, at the same time, God also demands that we be diligent in business
(Romans 12:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Proverbs 22:29;
Deuteronomy 2:7, 28:12). The difference between being 'diligent' in
business and 'entangled' in business is in the way that we trust in God. We
are no more responsible for our success, than we are for a miracle. We do
all that God has commanded us to do, and look to Him to bring forth the
promised blessing. Much like the farmer, we are to till the ground and sow
the seed; but it is God who works the miracle and brings forth the harvest.
There are some who talk of balance - but more specifically we must have
boundaries. Everyday we must know that all that we do, in word and in deed,
we do in the name of the Lord Jesus; and for the purposes of the kingdom of
God (Colossians 3:17).

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!
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