|“Confrontation is one of the highest expressions of love. When done in love and compassion, confrontation is one the kindest things you can do for another person. A refusal to confront when needed, is one of the most selfish things you can do. …Confrontation is not criticizing another; it is helping that person so that he will not be further hurt by his behavior.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16
Everyone invests his life in something by virtue of his living. No moment can be saved for another day. Time once spent can never be recaptured. If this life is the seedtime of eternity, how do you best spend your life preparing for your time with God? Scripture answers this question by telling you to invest in the “fruit that remains.”
What is the fruit that remains? The Bible teaches that this imperishable fruit is human beings. Jesus invested His life in people. When He died, He died for people. He urged His followers, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternallife.”5 People are important; people last forever.
Things, on the other hand, have no intrinsic value. A beautiful cup may have utilitarian value in that it helps in getting drink to your mouth, but it is temporal and will not endure the consummation of the age.6 This does not mean that you should misuse temporal resources. Quite the contrary. God will hold you accountable, in part, for how you steward these resources.
As Christ’s obedient servant, use things to invest in people. An axiom of Scripture is: Steward the temporal; give your life in exchange for the eternal. Keep the value of your possessions in proper perspective; they are resources given by God to assist you in investing in “the fruit that remains.” This best prepares you for an eternity with Him. What does your investment portfolio reveal about your belief?
5 John 6:27
Genesis 7-9 Matthew 3 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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