Today’s Verse

He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Proverbs 14:21

Saturday, November 19

Someone has said, “The first rule of life is do not sweat the small stuff. The second rule is; it is all small stuff.” From God’s perspective, your big problems are not that big. Some of you are thinking, “If you knew my problems you wouldn’t be able to lighten up!” I am saying, if you lighten up, your problems will not be so big.  

You need to practice what I call relaxed concern. That sounds like a contradiction but it is not.  Jesus modeled relaxed concern. The very first recorded words of Jesus when He was 12 years old were, “I must be about My Father’s business.”  

He had lined up His priorities. At 12 years old, He already knew where He was headed. I must be about My Father’s business. As He died on the cross, before He was resurrected and went back to heaven, He said, “It is finished.” These are the bookends of a successful life – knowing where He was going and knowing it was finished when He died.

When Jesus said, “It is finished,” had everybody in the whole world been saved? No. Had all the sick people been healed? No. Had all the people who were without food and were hungry been fed? No. Had all the people who had emotional difficulties and hurts in their life all been relieved? No. How could He say, “It is finished?” 

Because Jesus had done what the Father had told Him to do. Even Jesus, God in human form, did not try to meet everybody’s need when He was in human form here on this Earth. It is foolish to try to do what even God could not do in human form – meet everybody’s needs. Are you doing exactly what God has called you to do? If yes, you will be able to say one day, as Jesus said, “I have finished my work.”

Weekly Memory Verse

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100:3

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
- Willie Nelson

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