October 31

Psalms 127:1-2 (NIV) 1Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. 2In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.

One of the most repeated messages in the Bible is our helplessness without God. I can build a dwelling. I can create a family. But if God is not in it, all my work is without meaning. It is utterly unproductive. Man has the idea that if he relies on himself, he will surely get things done. The Gospel message tells us that without the LORD we will accomplish nothing.

We can't even protect ourselves. Unless God is watching over us, we are clear targets for the enemy of our soul. Consider the infant in the manger. If God was not watching over that helpless baby, what chance would he have had of surviving Herod's extermination of every infant in the area? The Destroyer is held at bay by God. We forget to thank God for that daily protection.

The psalmist speaks of a house and a city. The New Testament gives both of these as an analogy to the church. Today, we have many men building churches. There are formulas that work to gather large numbers of people. Still, if God is not the builder, if the work is the work of man and not the Holy Spirit, we will see it end in vanity. Is the LORD building the church you attend? Is the leadership following the Holy Spirit? Encourage that by letting your household be built by God. Let God build your home by faithfully hearing from God and following through on His leading.

You can work 18 hours every day. You can put intense effort into something as if all success depended on you, but success comes from the LORD. He doesn't drive His sheep. He calls to them to follow Him. He promises them rest.

Consider: Are you aware of the fact that success in God's eyes is not dependent on how hard you labor, but on your obedience in the little things? As you obey in the little things, He works out the big issues, and the fruit of that cooperation is eternal.

October 31

2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV) 2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

This is the principle of teaching others to teach others. As you have read through this devotional, you have had times in which the Spirit of God taught you something of great value from the Word. It became a part of your growth in Christ. That thing you learned, you are then a steward of. God has entrusted you with that truth. The truth sets us free. In some way, it made you a freer person.

One thing is required of stewards, faithfulness. We are to be faithful to continue to apply that truth to our lives, but also to share it with reliable men who are qualified to teach others. Freely you have received, freely give.

As you invest that truth into another person's life, they in turn are required to invest it in others. It is the principle we see in fruit. All fruit has seeds within it to reproduce more fruit. Have you taken the fruit but kept the seed? Then the spreading of that truth will stop with you. God uses the pyramid scheme in a holy way. The more you share and teach others to share, the greater the affect on the world, and your treasure in heaven multiplies.

In this age, we have wonderful opportunities to live this passage via the media, printed material, and the internet. We can share with many times the number we could ever reach face to face. That also means we must be very careful as to what we share. Error can also be multiplied in the same manner. Trust the Word of God and the Spirit of God to guide you into all truth. Pray for direction as to what to share and how to share it, and may God bless you as you live this passage.

Consider: What has the Spirit taught me that I need to pass on to others?