Posted by: SandreS | July 27, 2009

Working for Provisions

… Let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that has need (Ephesians 4:28).

Food, clothing and shelter, of necessity also bring into view our daily labors for provisions. Making a living is a vital part of our divine assignment.

Not only must food be grown or purchased, it must be cleaned, prepared and preserved. Not only must clothing be bought, it must be washed and cared for. Not only must shelter be secured, it must me maintained. For the believer, the entire process is about our Father, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. All of these details are about the maintaining of our lives here “for His sake.” We do this all “for Him,” so that we may have the privilege of being His “vessels of mercy.”

We serve our Lord – at least for the time being – at our own expense. We must provide our own sustenance so that we may live for Him. This is because we serve Him on hostile soil. We must do so “undercover” as it were. We are not recognized for the high and lofty positions that we hold in the celestial government. We are not acknowledged as the sons of God that we are. Our positions and functions are currently veiled. This is presently a covert operation to the world, but when the unveiling our true identity takes place – “the manifestation of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19) – then the subjected vanity will be removed and we will be amply repaid – abundantly reimbursed.

Don’t allow the commonplace to we wasted. Don’t let their value and wealth conversion pass you by. Grasp the divine viewpoint! Be,

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord (Romans 12:11).

And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you (I Thessalonians 4:11).

And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful (Titus 3:14).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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