The Problem With Effort or Lack There Of! – Pastor Jim

sermon-on-the-mount“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. (Luke 16:8 NIV)
In Luke 16:8 Jesus says that the people of light, Christians, do not put as much effort into things of the light as people of the world put into their own efforts. So if Christians are not putting their effort into the “people of light”, then where are they putting their efforts? . . . . . Into the things of the world.

The challenge for us is to then place our efforts into the things of light, into the things of Jesus. How do we do that? Sit down today with your Bible and a notebook and read Matthew Chapters 5,6, and 7. That’s the Sermon on the Mount. Every time you come to a verse that states something you are not doing or need to be doing better, write down some ideas as to how you can put more effort into that area. Ask the Lord to help you! Remember you put in the effort and leave the results up to God. Remember this also, you put in the effort for righteousness, and you will be satisfied!Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NIV)