“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?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12
If someone were to ask you to list the six most important things Jesus sought to impart to His disciples in the three years of His public ministry, what six would you give? You might include faith, the importance of self-denial, love, and forgiveness. But whatever your list includes, in all probability you will find that they are characteristics that cannot be measured. Significant, lasting work in the life of a person touches attitudes, values, world-views – ingredients that defy measurement.
You can force a person to read and memorize the Bible, and sit under the preaching of the Word, but you cannot influence the difference it will make in his life, to say nothing of measuring it. If you have difficulty determining what God is doing in your own life, you have an impossible task making such a determination in the life of another. You can measure the number that professes faith in Christ, but even here you run into difficulty. “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”204 The work of drawing a person to the Savior may have been accomplished before you met him, and many that do profess Christ are not converted.
Why would you want to try to measure the work of God? What do you seek to accomplish? Paul warned the Corinthians that such efforts often flow from a desire to compare; you need to measure what you are doing in order to compare favorably with another. You must be careful that such endeavors don’t become a substitute for walking by faith. With the work of God you will never be able to determine success by that which you measure, and your comparing yourself with others is at best, counter-productive.
204 I Corinthians 3:6
2 Kings 10-12 John 1:29-51 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 10-12
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