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Are You Competing with God?

Why do people have jobs?

There are several reason why people have jobs. They want to pay the bills; they want to support themselves; they want new ‘toys’; they want health insurance; or they may want to establish their identity. The truth is that God supplies our needs, not our job. Our needs are supplied by God. Our job is the mission field in which God placed us.

The money we receive from our job is provided by God. When we begin to feel like we found the job or that we work at the job to earn money, our faith in God is not necessary. If these are your feelings and you lose your job, you will feel like the whole world has fallen in on you.

On the other hand, if you believe that God provided all your needs, you will be more concerned about telling others about God. You will go to work to demonstrate God’s love and to show others what God has done for you. When you are laid off, you will continue to trust God for you needs. Your faith will grow as God changes your mission field. If you sustain medical bills, God will provide for those bills if you let Him.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19(NIV) God’s promise to us is to supply all our needs according to HIS riches. Please notice that the writer does not exclude our financial needs, our material needs, our social needs, or our physical needs. Meeting every possible need is what Jesus promised to those who are true disciples of God; those who have faith in God.

Disciples of God are people who are following Christ. Please note, not everyone who follows Christ is one of His disciples. For example, Judas Iscariot followed Jesus yet betrayed him. The Pharisees followed Jesus so they could “trap him”. Even though the Pharisees knew all the Laws God gave to his children, they were out to kill Jesus, the very Messiah whom they were supposed to be teaching the people about.

You see there were two types of followers. There were the followers who wanted to learn more about Jesus. The ones who want their faith in Him to grow. Then there were the followers who want to get Jesus out of the picture. These are the ones who claim they do not need Jesus; they are the ones who think they are ‘macho’ and do not need anyone to help them. These people believe they can have what Jesus has to offer and still keep all of their sinful desires.

True followers of Jesus are the ones who were willing to crucify themselves and their sinful desires. They are the ones whose faith in God grows stronger every day, because they have learned to trust God. They read their Bibles to learn more about God and His promises. They are the ones who put their faith in God, not themselves.

On the other hand, if you are trying to protect yourselves and your desires, you are following Jesus for the wrong reason. If you are expecting God to make YOU something great, you are following him for the wrong reason. You are trying to trust yourself, not God. When you do these things, you are in competition with God. You are reading passages of scripture that support your position and ignoring the scripture that opposes your position. You would rather follow the ideas of man than to stand up for God.

Jesus tells about a rich ruler in Luke 18 that knew all the right things to do. In fact he had done them since he was just a child. He knew the scripture and the commandments, but he was not willing to give up is natural desires. He was not willing to trust Jesus with everything.

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ ”

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:19-22(NIV)

 If you are tired of competing with God, throw up the white flag! Surrender yourself and your desires to God. Experience a freedom that you have never known before. Let God supply all your needs according to His riches. Celebrate your newfound independence!

 

NOTE: Scripture used in the blog was downloaded from http://Biblegateway.com