Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Florida, USA

t's a New Year and I want to wish my teeming readers a Happy New Year. Though the year holds so much promises but the usual cycle of New Year resolutions without any tangible achievements will continue if we do not do things differently. It is time to build wisely. We must approach things pragmatically this year. As we pray and seek the Lord so also we must work and work smart. If nothing changes with us and our attitudes then we should not expect a different result.

We should be tired of repeating the same thing year in year out particularly if this has not changed the course of our life for the better. Mathew 7:24-28 reads 24 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." The scriptures makes it succinctly clear that for anyone to have an enduring impact that will outlive the 'adverse weather' of 2019 and beyond then you must build on the 'Rock'.

I read a story of an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said 'yes,' but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. As we pursue our goals and drive this year. We must also not forget our service to the Lord and to humanity. We must give of our best to the Lord bearing in mind that we will give account one day.

The scriptures makes it clear that we should pay more attention to laying up treasures in Heaven Mathew 6:19-20 puts it this way, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal."Amassing wealth here on earth without corresponding riches in heaven is a complete waste. Take time to build up yourself in the 'most holy faith.' Invest more in the things of the Spirit this year. Be spent and be willing to spend for the sake of the gospel and you would be surprise how great a treasure you have laid up for yourself.

Don't wait until it's late. Commit your time and energy to serving the Lord now because those that diligently seek and serve Him will never lose their reward. Give of your best to the Master and give Him the strength of your youth. I pray that after all the labor and toiling, may we never lose our reward at the end of the day. A blessed year ahead…