Day 31 | Small Acts of Obedience
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Ask yourself this question and then act on it: How does Jesus want you to obediently follow him today?
24 Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These also are sayings of the wise:
To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Goal: Small Acts of Obedience
The next step is a step of action. The goal today is to take a small step of obedience. The simplicity of what Jesus taught during his lifetime is frequently overlooked.
What men overcomplicate; Jesus makes simple. “Come, follow me.” That’s it. That is where a life of ministry, good works, and service begins. It begins with the following. Jesus does the calling.
Most men overthink this and as a result, make it more complicated. We frequently think we are looking for a calling like we look for an occupation or a career. This is not the case. In fact, it’s not a “calling” at all, Jesus is the one calling, it’s a “following” we seek. We are called only to follow.
This means our ministry does is not just another job. While there are people out there who do ministry as a profession, do not be confused, it’s not a job. Ministry is something done by the Spirit through us and is a way of life—it’s not a job at all. Ministry, in fact, is not even a title—it’s an activity. Just because someone is paid to do the work and bears the title of leader in a ministry, or in a volunteer role in a church, does not mean that they are the only ones that are ministers.
As God’s man we need to worry less about the ministry titles, we need to spend more time just being obedient. One step at a time and God will call and in the following, along the way, we may discover a title. Along the way of obedience, you will uncover passions, talents, abilities, gifts, that will be routinely used to advance his purposes through you to others. And as he does leverage them for kingdom purposes by, in, and through obedience.
Consider this question, How does Jesus want you to obediently follow him today?
Answer this answer that question today, and then act on it.
In fact, do this once every day this week and then continue it for the rest of your life and you’ll discover through the following how God is shaping and naming your calling. You’ll look back amazed at the ministry God accomplishes through you and you might even discover that others will give you titles along the way.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.—Proverbs 24:17-18
If you're like me, you might be catching moments of the NFL and NCAAF as we come toward the close of the season. Some games interest me, and others I don't care to watch. But then there are a couple of teams that you want to lose. For me, they're usually those big-budget top seed teams that seem to be in the playoffs every year, that prevent my team from having their moment of glory. You might even find them irritating to watch, and you may also wish evil on them. Penalities. Ejections. Injuries. But you have to pause when you read the words above. While this desire lives within, addressing it might be a good idea. You might just be celebrating your demise when God turns away his anger from him—to you.
DO THIS: Stop rejoicing when your enemy falls.
PRAY THIS: God, today, I pray for those who are my enemies. Use your justice to lead them back to you, as you did me.
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