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-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Friday, August 28, 2015

Leftovers



Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. – Proverbs 28:19


This is not just about farming; it is true in any business, any pursuit, ministry, avocation or vocation, if we work at it, fervently and diligently, we will in that area prosper.  Plenty of poverty awaits the neglectful, the slothful or the person who is constantly shirking and complaining and blaming others for their circumstances.  We need a minimum wage that allows servers of Big Macs to buy a new Escalade because there is no way that would cause people to think Big Macs were too expensive or cause McDonalds franchises to close because they weren’t making any money. 

People who do not take care of their own business will become satiated with lack, emptiness, and the pointlessness of existence.  Our business is, ultimately, to find a place in our hearts for Christ.  We must break up that fallow ground so that the Word may take root in us and grow.  In Him we find wholeness, fullness of joy, and peace with God.  To busy ourselves with anything else while neglecting the business of eternity is to set ourselves up for plenty of poverty. 

To be in poverty means that we lack something essential – in Christ we lack nothing:  The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing (Psalms 34:10).  Those who roar and rampage trying to find satisfaction in the animal life and in the passing fancies of the world system will suffer and hunger.  They will never find sufficiency or be able to fill the emptiness inside. 

Seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness puts us in line with the Way.  When we are in the Way and of the Way, we are free of the anxieties, wants, and viewpoints of the world system.  Be it unto you, Jesus said, according to your faith.  The more we immerse ourselves in Him, the more the mind of Christ controls us, the less we subject ourselves to the mind of the flesh, the more Bread of Life we will have, with basketfuls to share.

4 comments:

John Lien said...

"The more we immerse ourselves in Him, the more the mind of Christ controls us, the less we subject ourselves to the mind of the flesh, the more Bread of Life we will have, with basketfuls to share."

Well, said. I think most fear "giving over control" because they fear they will lose the self but really, it's the real self that is awakened.

When the old desires lose their grip on you it's just that. They lose their grip on you, you don't miss them. You're still there, you haven't become some Jesus bot.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"People who do not take care of their own business will become satiated with lack, emptiness, and the pointlessness of existence. Our business is, ultimately, to find a place in our hearts for Christ. We must break up that fallow ground so that the Word may take root in us and grow. In Him we find wholeness, fullness of joy, and peace with God. To busy ourselves with anything else while neglecting the business of eternity is to set ourselves up for plenty of poverty."

Amen. I sure miss reading your posts Mush. Glad to see you guys again!

Ann Kellett said...

"Satiated with lack"--what an apt description!

mushroom said...

Hi, Ann.

Ben, we have been worried about you. I even tried to call you. I am glad to see you are out and about.

Very true, John. It's like resurrection.