Time Well Spent - Thursday, October 18th 2012
"'I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house; The houses of ivory shall perish, And the great houses shall have an end,' says the Lord."
Wow, this sounds like a harsh word when you first read it. Let's remember the setting. The northern ten tribes of Israel in 750BC were worshiping false gods and idols. They were prospering as a nation, and they had built wonderful houses with excessive decor. They thought things were going well because of their wealth. Amos steps in with a message from God to tell them it will all be destroyed. They were living in luxury all for themselves, but they had forgotten the Lord. God is letting them know here that those things would not last. Don't miss the blessing here friend. Paul reminds us in Corinthians that everything we do in our selfish nature will not last. Those things we do for the glory of God will last for eternity.
1Corinthians 3:11-15 "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials-gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person's work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames." NLT
Let's be real. Our house, cars, and the 'things' we will have accumulated during our life span will not make it into eternity. But the time I invest for the glory of God, not mine, will last forever. That is very good news.
Life Lesson: Every minute we live to please God is well spent.
Thank You for loving me. I am grateful that I have an opportunity to live for You and will be rewarded. Please continue to give me the power and desire to live for Your kingdom, not mine. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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