Good day everyone and give thanks to the Lord for He is good, yes He is so very Good! Praise Him right there where you are right now.

Today’s Prayer 
(based on Psalm 34:1-10)

Lord, I will exalt You at all times. Your praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in You. let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify Yourself within me; let me exalt Your name forever. You deliver me from all my fears. You cause my face to shine and to not be ashamed. You hear me and save me out of my troubles. Your angel encamps around me and delivers me. I have tasted and see that You are good. I am blessed by taking refuge in you. Your Word promises that those who fear You lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek You lack no good thing. Thank You for meeting my needs and protecting me. Thank You for saving me. Thank you for making a difference in my life. In Your name I pray and offer thanks and praise, Amen.

Let’s eat.

The Interests of Others

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.Philippians 2:4

I promised a Pastor friend of mine that I would send this message again for everyone in the internet ministry to feast on, so here we go. One of the walls of Christianity that has existed for centuries is the attitude of many full-timeChristian workers and believers. Often pastors, missionaries, and otherfull timers(I put this in quotes since all of us should consider ourselves full time) see working believers as a dollar sign. They see them as the instrument to fund their next project or provide the support they need. This wrong view toward believers encourages them to harden their hearts toward legitimate projects. It creates a vicious cycle in which Satan robs both servants of God of the blessing of each others gifts and talents.

I once attended a conference in which believers acknowledged having this attitude toward Christian workers. Christian workers asked for forgiveness for viewing those in business as objects for funding. There was a time of repentance and tears for the selfish attitude and callousness of both groups. Christian workplace believers have more to offer the Kingdom than their dollars, but this is often overlooked.

Apostle Paul admonishes us to:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:3-5).

If the God of the universe came as a humble servant, those in business must maintain a humble servant attitude toward those who have lesser means and are seeking to serve the Lord. God has entrusted many of us in business with greater resources. The test is to examine whether we are operating in vanity or Christ-like servant hood, looking out for the interests of others.

Ask the Lord to provide the grace to consider each request that comes to you for assistance and to avoid becoming callous to these requests. This is one test from God that He brings to determine whether you will serve others before yourself. The true test of giving is when it has no benefit to you.

Quote of the Day

God is none other than the Savior of our wretchedness. So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities. Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves. 

Blaise Pascal

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Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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