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Maybe The Unconventional

"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God" (Lk.15:21)

It is easy to play it safe and stick with the things that are conventional. In my years of teaching, I found that some of my best taught lessons were those that I approached in an unconventional way. In using methods that may be just a bit out of the mainstream, I was often able to get a point across that might have otherwise been difficult. Today's verse is the last one in Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool...It seems that a rich farmer had a bumper crop one year. He was so smitten with his success that he considered tearing down his barns and building larger ones in which to store his goods. "I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of good things laid up for many years... take life easy; eat, drink and be merry'" (V 19). Jesus gave him a rude awakening in which that very night he was going to die. Who would get all his stuff then? The man did what seemed to be the conventional thing. Like Little Jack Horner of the fairy tale, the plum must have meant that he was a very good boy... Just like Jack, he forgot that someone had put that plum in the pie, and someone had blessed him with a great crop. The more unconventional thing would be to thank the supplier... The man was supposed to lay up his treasure in heaven instead of on earth. Aren't we supposed to do the same thing? Jesus says; "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt.6:33). The Lord may ask us to do things that we don't yet understand. Things like: Why be baptized for the remission of sins? (Mk.16:16, Acts 2:38).... Why observe the Lord's Supper on the first day of the week? (Acts 20:7).... Why am I supposed to be at worship every Sunday? (Heb.10:25).... Why should families help each other before burdening the church? (1 Tim.5:16).... For those who adhere to these seemingly unconventional things.... In other words.... For those willing to obey Him, the rewards are great.The apostle Paul reminds us that our labors for the Lord never go unnoticed. "Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Cor.15:58)... We can look forward to Jesus saying to us: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the beginning of the world" (Matt.25:34). It all goes back to Peter's response to Jesus about letting out the nets... "But because you say so, I will let down the nets." Unconventional? Yes! But it was the right thing to do for Peter... How about us?

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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