We get jobs to make a living so we can have a life. Money is needed to support ourselves. However, according to Scripture, earning an income is not solely about self. In writing to the church at Ephesus, Paul exhorted. . .


(28) Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. (Ephesians 4:28 ESV)


In spite of hard personal labor, the gaining is intended to benefit both self and others. It is not about hoarding and amassing wealth merely for ourselves. When we gain possessions and are enriched in this way, we are placed in a position of being able to help others who are in need.


The same is true with regard to the gaining of knowledge; especially the knowledge of God’s Will. Recently reading through the book of Ezra, I was again struck by a reference to him where we read. . .


  (10) For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. (Ezra 7:10 ESV)


As a priest of God, Ezra studied God’s Law not merely to internalize it himself, but to provide the benefit of personally putting it into practice in his own life and teaching it; sharing it with others. Are we focusing on God’s Word in the same manner today? The gaining of the knowledge of God’s Word enriches us for the purpose of godly living and for sharing that knowledge with others! God’s Word is not to stop with us, but to transcend our life in this way. (i.e. 1 Peter 3:15) May we remain open to its working through us to the benefit of self and those around us!


By:         Carl


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