โ€ฆ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€™๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜; ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€™๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ. ๐—œ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€™๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€, ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ. ๐—œ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€™๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ, ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€. (๐Ÿญ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ. ๐Ÿฏ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ)

We recently witnessed the aftermath of a storm that completely submerged houses and left victims empty-handed. Several months back, raging wildfires consumed houses and mighty earthquakes reduced buildings into rubles. What else could be more disheartening than to watch everything youโ€™ve worked hard for vanish and turn to nothing?

The Scripture is clear that God will test the quality of the work we render to Him. It will be subjected to the fire and if burned up, we will suffer loss. After our toil night and day, after all the sacrifices, heartache and pain, ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™จ๐™š๐™ง๐™ซ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™œ๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™โ€™๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ.

Godโ€™s way is through Jesus. To meet His perfect standard, manโ€™s work should be built upon the sure, solid and lasting foundation in Him. (1Cor. 3:11) ๐™Š๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™œ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š. Faith in any other person or principle is faulty and erroneous and leads to sure destruction and complete loss.

We begin with Jesus. We continue and remain in Him. Apart from this abiding faith, we will be serving in our own strength. Independent of Him, we will be trusting and sowing in the flesh and before we know it, produce all kinds of corruptionโ€“evil motives, jealousy, envy and the like. (Gal. 6:8) Our work will never be acceptable and pleasing to the Father because in His fiery eyes, they are wood, hay and straw that will be burned down easily and not withstand the blazing flames. So, let us be careful and watch ourselves so that we may receive a full reward. (2 Jn8)ย 

Let us always abide in Jesus, immerse in Godโ€™s Word and submit willingly to His instruction to walk by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:
1. Is your service to God and others grounded in Jesus alone?
2. In what way is your service to God unacceptable and displeasing to Him?

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ:
O my Lord, forgive me for serving thee in sinful ways – by glorying in my own strength, by forcing myself to minister through necessity, by accepting the applause of others…by having another foundation to stand upon beside thee; for thus I make flesh my arm. Help me to see that it is faith stirred by grace that does the deed…If I have not such faith I am nothing…Keep me in a faith that works by love, and serves by grace. -Excerpt from the Valley of Vision, Vain Service

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