How To Get Ahead

You try and try and it seems like you never get ahead. Sound familiar?

There’s a poignancy to the Lord's words: 'You have sown much, but brought in little; you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; you have drunk, but have not been exhilarated; have clothed yourselves but not been warmed; and he who earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it.' How much of that rings true with our own experience too much of the time?

So much effort yielding so little. We have to ask why this happens. Is it, perhaps, because of some blindness on our part that leads us to invest our efforts in barren fields that can never yield the returns we desire? Is it because we hope to find joy, satisfaction and fulfilment where they can't be found? Yes.

How many times do we have to look inside an empty room before we finally conclude that there's nothing there? Quite a few times, it seems. Do we need a new investment counsellor who can advise us better on how to invest our life? Probably so.

Most of us are not leading evil lives. But most of us are, to some degree, investing our lives and our hearts unwisely. Quite often we have the words right and the insights are there, but the deeds don't follow, at least not with any consistency.

What are we really longing for? Communion: to be a family with God and His people. And how do we become family? By loving and not counting the cost. You see, we know the answer, we've known it all along.

Now we have to let the Lord show us, step by step, how to live it. He's ready.

Are we?
Lord Jesus, thank You for the gifts You bestow on us each day. Energise us so that even the smallest task may bring You honour. And when we feel discounted we ask that You remind us that we are always loved within the family of Your Son. Amen

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. Haggai 1 5-6



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