Google+ 03/18/14 We Will Become Great Leaders for God!

Proverbs 12:23-25

 

The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

 

I have spent most of my life as a pastor answering questions about God's work.  Most often these questions are not about whether we should do the work, but rather how much work we should do.  The world really sends us the wrong message about the subject of work a majority of the time.  The world tries to squeeze in a little work amidst holidays and vacations.  It is no wonder most companies, schools, and churches are so unproductive for God.  They never get anything done.  There is a very good reason for this and Solomon addresses it in today's Scripture.  We simply don't work enough to get the job done.  If we work hard, we become leaders.  Have you ever noticed that 20% of the people in churches do 80% of the work?  That is because this select group of people work hard.  Everyone who is lazy becomes a slave to the world.  There used to be a popular radio talk show where the host would take calls from people who had found themselves in extreme debt.  For years the talk show host gave the same advice to everyone that called into his show.  "Get a second or third job," he would say.  Usually the callers argued with him and gave all the reasons that it simply wasn't possible.  He would simply respond that they were the ones that accepted the debt and they were the ones that should repay it.  It was and is a Biblical concept.  What debt have we accepted?  God's gifts of mercy and grace, when we simply deserve neither, are the reason we must work hard.  God issued this edict to Adam and Eve when they disobeyed.  We are to work if we want to eat and there is no time limit set forth to this demand of our time for the Kingdom.  We are to work until the day we die, or Jesus comes back, whichever comes first!  Let's stop complaining about the opportunities we have to work in God's Kingdom.  Let's not broadcast our foolishness.  Let's encourage one another to be grateful workers in the vineyard.  By doing so, "We Will Become Great Leaders for God!"