Wednesday, May 23, 2018
"He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need." Ephesians 4:28 NIV
Paul, our dear friend from the first century is a practical man. Thank God for practicality. We all need to make simple decisions regarding the trivial things in life. Whether to steal or not has not been one of those trivial things.
As a loving Father deals with his son, Paul has to give sound advice. Maybe some of the newly converted christians came from a rough background. Thankfully God has made provision for all to come to His saving grace!
Usefulness can be described in various ways. In this verse Paul describes usefulness as a hands on experience. We can be used in more than the obvious. My mother grew older and couldn't do as much as she was used to. She felt her usefulness was hindered but I told her it wasn't. I loved her and because of my love for her she was useful.
This wasn't enough for her. Do you realize how many things can be done while sitting in a chair? Chopping, prepping, folding laundry, reading a story to a child, all things we can do while sitting.
Our faithful God is not concerned with how much we do. His concern is about how we think. What is our attitude about our life and about Him. His love and grace for us does not change.
Our usefulness is not based on our actions. If we couldn't use our limbs or speak He would see our usefulness and bless us. Our being is what He wants. He wants us to love Him for who He is and what He does. Who couldn't love the Lord God Almighty who always does wonderful things!