We should always hold on to our core beliefs and not waver no matter how pressured we may feel. So many times others try to influence what we know in our hearts is right and instead of holding on and being steadfast in our faith, we give in and allow someone else’s influence to negatively affect our life. What we have to remember and keep in mind is that we should never live someone else’s life. We shouldn’t allow the influence of others to change or affect our own dreams and aspirations. The apostle Paul tells us to run our own race so that we may receive the prize at the end as we read in 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” We have to be disciplined enough to know that our life is meant to make a difference and when we believe in ourselves as God believes in us our impact will be great no matter how doubtful or pessimistic others around us tried to make us feel. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Be encouraged to run your own race in life. Don’t try to fulfill someone else’s dreams. Don’t try to walk in someone else’s shoes. Be the person that God created you to be. Do what you know in your heart is your life’s mission and do your absolute best to fulfill that mission so that your life’s significance and legacy will live on long after you are gone from this earth. The greatest thing that we can ever do for ourselves is to believe God’s Holy Word and do what it commands us to do. To love God, to love others as ourselves, to treat others kindly, to believe in ourselves as God believes in us, to seek and offer forgiveness, to be generous and loving, to see that life is short and eternity is forever so that we may be continuously mindful to do the right things all times that will bring Glory, Honor and Praise to the God of this universe who graciously and mercifully calls us His beloved child. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) (1 Peter 2:9-10)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that you will never be able to please everyone so it will always be best to follow your heart and do what you know is the right thing to do.
THE PASTOR’S PLIGHT
The pastor of a church is in a precarious position; he can't please everyone! It has been said:
If he is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is grey, he's too old for the young people.
If he has several children, he has too many; if he has no children, he's setting a bad example.
If he preaches from his notes, he has canned sermons and is too dry; if he doesn't use notes, he has not studied and is not deep.
If he is attentive to the poor people in the church, they claim he is playing to the grandstand; if he pays attention to the wealthy, he is trying to be an aristocrat.
If he suggests changes for improvement of the church, he is a dictator; if he makes no suggestions, he is a figurehead.
If he uses too many illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he doesn't use enough illustrations, he isn't clear.
If he condemns wrong, he is cranky; if he doesn't preach against sin, he's a compromiser.
If he fails to please somebody, he's hurting the church and ought to leave; if he tries to please everyone, he is a fool.
If he preaches about money, he's a money grabber; if he doesn't preach spiritual giving, he is failing to develop the people.
If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new car, he is setting his affection on earthly things.
If he preaches all the time, the people get tired of hearing one man; if he invites guest speakers, he is shirking his responsibility.
If he receives a large salary, he's mercenary; if he receives only a small salary, well it proves he isn't worth much anyway.
Let your pastors know how much you love and appreciate them. Always remember blessings unspoken are blessings never received.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
2 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD...”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD IS FAITHFUL
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry