Work and Worship

 "So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom." (I Kings 10:23) One cannot help but be impressed by Solomon's wealth as you read through 1 Kings 9 & 10.  The gold, silver (that the text says was not valuable in Solomon's day - 10:21), precious stones, horses, chariots, spices, thrones, cities and more.

The text makes it clear, however, that it was the King's worship (1 Kings 9:3-5) and his wisdom (10:24) that brought him such treasure. There is currently being built in DeSoto a 'business incubator'....a place to encourage & generate new businesses.  I listened to the pitches from the businesses wanting a spot in this new incubator and not a single entrepreneur encouraged simply acquiring wisdom.  None were focused on getting to know the Lord through His Word.   We separate business and wealth from our pursuit of God. Some believe it is possible to worship the one true God on Sunday morning and be a completely different person Monday through Saturday.  Some believe our walk with Jesus and our work are completely unrelated.

King Solomon's wisdom was consistent and his wealth accumulated.  And, interestingly enough, the world seemed to beat a path to his door to hear his wisdom.  Followers of Jesus must not disconnect who they are on Monday at work from who they are on Sunday at worship (OR believe that God and His gifts can be manipulated by or purchased with wealth as did Simon in today's NT reading in Acts 8).  Wisdom begins when we fear the Lord....the sovereign Governor of the Universe! (Pr. 1:7; 9:10). Worship Him today in and through your work!

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Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

By: Ypie Doelman
Jesus took three disciples with Him to the garden to pray. While the disciples fell asleep, Jesus came alone to the place where His whole life had been pointed. To drink the cup of suffering to the fullest. Knowing what he was about to face, Jesus’ soul was crushed with grief to the point of death. His sweat turned into drops of blood. Yet, He said to His Father: " I want your will to be done, not mine." And an angel came and strengthened Him."

A garden is usually a quiet, peaceful and well-kept place. In my painting of the scene, I depicted the garden as having trees that look threatening. Trees that look as if they are caving in on Jesus and are stark against the light. I included roots sticking up from the ground that make kneeling painful. The garden I depicted is one where Jesus could not avoid the thorns that would sting and branches that would scratch His face. With this, I tried to capture the agony of Jesus’ heart and soul. The war between darkness and light and life and death.


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