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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I simply wish to share with you some thoughts on my heart. ". . . and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for
Ekklesia,
such
a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). We never know when,
where or how we will be placed in positions of privilege, responsibility, or duty. Character must be part of our lives in order to stand in those days. Who knows whether or not we are brought into His kingdom for such a time as this?
"Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean
men
" (Proverbs 22:29). When we are diligent in what we do, we
get it done. To be diligent means to stay on task until it is accomplished. If we are diligent, we will become skillful in our business. God says we will stand before kings. I have been standing before vice presidents of organizations that affect the industry I work in.
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" (1 Peter 5:6). All of us want attention, want to do something important. Our Lord promised that in due time, if we humble ourselves, He will lift us up. That is the best, and only true glory: that which He shines upon us to reflect back to Him.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do
it
with thy might: for
there is
no work, nor
device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest" (Ecclesiastes 9:10). When we find something to do, we should do our best always. There will come a time when we can no longer do, so we should take advantage of our opportunities.
"And whatsoever ye do, do
it
heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that
of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ" (Colossians 3:23-24). While we are busy being diligent in our business, doing with all our might, we should remember whom we are serving, and work heartily as to Him and not for approval of men. If we wait for others to praise us, we will always be disappointed. But if we live such that one day, He will be able to tell us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:20b), we will have lived well.
Grace to you.