Jesus gives a negative command:
"Do not work for food that perishes."
then positive a positive command:
"but (work) for food that last for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."
The question my BSF lesson asks is "Where in your life should you cease spending effort, energy, drive and ambition for that which spoils, so as to have energy and time for the eternal satisfaction God want yo give you? Try to determine specific ways to alter your life toward an eternal perspective."
I am inspired by that question. I know as a young mom my primary objective was to love my husband and family but as often as I could, I would just put the kids in the car and off we would go - doing one thing or another. But now with my kids basically able to care for themselves I have more mental space to consider others. It's really fun and I love it. I thank Don that I am able to go. It's his faithfulness to providing for our family that makes me able to go. So when I go, I go in his name as well cause without him I wouldn't be available.
I'm really thankful that Shelly Hendry, she lives in Bedford now, showed us what it looks like to serve others. Her ideas where so old fashioned, I didn't know people actually really did stuff like that. But as the Lord took us day by day, He confirmed that indeed we are to be ministers. I remember that at my church I wanted to be this great Bible study teacher, have profound thoughts to give "unto"others and the Lord told me plainly, the most profound thing I could do would be to love and serve the women of the church and the church not being just Blanch but whom ever the Lord had put in my life. I have loved Isaiah 58
Particularly verses 6 and 7 but over all the whole chapter. It has shown me the heart of the Lord. I want to love what He loves and He loves the poor and the downcast. I know I don't have to go to another country to find folks that need love. They are right here. Even in my own family. I like the perspective about starting your ministry of love with our own families.
I know we all have our own "burdens" God puts on our hearts. Remembering that we are a body of Christ and some are the hands, the feet, the mind ect ... But the really fun thing is, the "burden" is not heavy but joyful. It's with a heart of joy I GET to serve as I do. In contrast if I were in the place of administration the burden would be heavy indeed. I, of course may be used at some point for administration but the Lord will enable if He requires it. At this point He has not enabled me for admin. and the proof is in the pudding. Instead, He has put on my heart a soft spot for the downtrodden. I have to say - of course, that I am not all I should be. Many undone opportunities, but if I approach it with the fruit of the Spirit then I will continue to have hope that I will be able to - be about my Father's business.
Jesus runs the journey for us ...