June 26th – Identifying Sheep

My eyes see those who bear the blood of forgiveness. They have forgotten the call of the earth, and their mind bends heavenward. They serve no idols, and give no homage to earthly pleasure. Striving always upward, by the call of My Spirit, they desire not to gratify the flesh of nature, but desire the mark of their Creator upon the book and memory of He who saved them from the earth. They reject the shrines of falseness and self, and call to My Name in the darkness of their troubles, and glorify My Name in tribulation and blessing. They walk steadfastly in the fruit of the Spirit sent upon them as they serve. Their eye is focused on the goal, and their heart fueled in thankfulness to the cross. And when they stumble, and again are repulsed, it is I who lifts them to serve again. I know my sheep, and they too, Me.

2Chron 14:2-4 (ESV) – And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment. 

Bottom Line: Our work should not define us, or become an idol we serve before Him. The things that our Lord will remember about us, are not our accomplishments, salaries or careers. They may be major blessings in our lives, given by His hand, but they are only platforms.  The things that God will remember is “how” we lived on that platform, and what we sought after whole-heartedly. He knows His sheep by the appetites of their heart. We should be thankful for our jobs, but live with a much higher aim toward the things that will truly matter in eternity.

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