April 22    
  
Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 26
     Psalms 33
     Ecclesiastes 9
     Titus 1
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might ...” (Ecclesiastes 9:10a)
 
WORSHIP AND WORK
Believers have a tendency to make several mistakes in their reasons to work for the Kingdom. One of those mistakes is that salvation is dependent upon works. Your good works have nothing to do with saving you from sin. Your relationship with God depends upon position, not performance. ''For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Another mistake that believers make is to believe that since they were saved by grace, works have nothing to do with the Christian life. Read the rest of that passage in Ephesians 2: 10. “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Listen to what James says about your works and the Christian life: ''But someone will say, “you have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). The book of James makes it very clear that your faith without works is dead.  That simply means that when there is true faith Christian works will follow.
Another common mistake made by believers is to make an idol of Christian ministry and the work that God has called us to. Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. Too many Christian workers worship their work. Our only concern should be our concentration on God. A worker who lacks this serious controlling concentration on God is apt to become overly burdened by his work. He is a slave to his own limits, having no freedom of his body, mind, or spirit. Consequently, he becomes burned out and defeated. There is no freedom or delight in life at all. His nerves, mind, and heart are so overwhelmed that God's blessing cannot rest on Him.
The most common mistake among believers, however, is to enjoy the grace and become lazy in our efforts for the Savior. Laziness is a common malady among believers today. Once we are concentrated on God, we will find many ways to honor and serve Him. Concentration on Him frees us from worry, frustration and fear, but be careful to remember that  you have been freed for only one thing…to be absolutely devoted to your co-Worker.
''For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. '' (I Corinthians 3:9)
We have no right to decide where we should be placed or any preconceived ideas as to what God is preparing us to do. God engineers everything; and wherever He places us, our one supreme goal should be to pour out our lives in wholehearted devotion to Him in that particular work. Whatever He gives us to do we must do it with all our might.  It is time to go to work.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            The predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar has approximately 50 million people. Some of the great challenges facing the Christian church, which is approximately 9% of the population, are these.
  • Pray for God to give victory, fortitude and faithfulness under persecution.
  • Overcoming liberal theology.
  • Nominalism among third and fourth generation Christians.
  • Reconciliation and unity among Christians.
  • Bible translation with teams now working on 14 New Testament translations; possibly 54 languages need a translation.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Let me burn out for God; after all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing. Oh, that I may be a man of prayer."
Henry Martyn