Monday, June 26, 2006

Honor from men.

This post is from my previous blog, Ear to the Heavens. Enjoy.

"I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that [cometh] from God only?" John 5:41-44

In our home fellowship, this is the passage we studied on Sunday. It was very timely for me.

Recently, I've been feeling defeated and overcome with disappointment. Several events have brought me to this, the details of which are not important. Let's just say, I'm feeling as though my life hasn't amounted to much, and when I look around me, I am frustrated because I feel that I could do as well, if not much better, than those around me who are "succeeding."

My wife, who is much more of a blessing than I generally understand, faithfully reminds me that success in the eyes of man is not the same as success in the eyes of God and that I should be thankful for God's many blessings and recognize the successes that I have had.

Jesus' words are very timely for me. Our lives are not about the rewards or accolades of men. Faithfulness to God is real success. I must seek His approval, not man's.

I abandoned writing this Blog a long time ago because I didn't think anyone was reading and that what I was writing was of no significance. Essentially, I believed that no one cared.

I was wrong.

If God has called me to write this Blog, then I need to do it regardless of the number of eyes that find it. If one person reads my words and is somehow led closer to God, then that is all that matters. If I am led closer to God in the writing, then it is a valid exercise. God has taught me that, sometimes, it is in the doing of a thing, and not the thing itself, that His will is made manifest.

So, starting today, with this article, I will be posting much more frequently. I wasn't sure that I would have a whole lot to write about - until the Lord gave me a great idea yesterday.

My next entry will be on Genesis 1:1. That will be followed by Genesis 1:2, and so on. Maybe some days will be more than 1 verse. All I know, is that I am beginning a journey and, if you read this, I hope that you'll join along the way.

Yours in Him,

Adopted Son.