By: Tim Sader
1 Kings 17:11
As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
A few weeks ago we learned about what it means to be pure and how to remain that way. Last week we learned that whatever deeds we do good or bad they will come back on us. If we are mostly good life will generally be good. People will notice the difference in us if life is good. The day will come when all deeds will be judged but it does not have to take us off guard. We must not let the darkness take control of our lives so we’re unprepared on judgment day. To stay in the light we must guard the heart and minds from taking in evil. Only taking in negative thoughts leads to putting them in our hearts and soon we only do what is wicked. If good is in our hearts we will do good deeds. Our light should shine so others see our good deeds and give God glory. The Lord judges hearts and minds; only He truly knows the evil or good in our deeds. We will get what our true deeds deserve. Our deeds will always find their way back to us. Deeds are weighed on a scale of justice. The side that weighs most will most resemble our life. The two thieves Jesus was crucified with teach us about our deeds. Both had done evil deeds. One chose to remain evil while the other chose to repent and be saved from the evil he had done. By honoring Christ who took our evil deeds on Himself we can be saved from our sins. Then we can press on toward doing good deeds so life will be good. Sometimes to do good deeds we must be creative and willing to do what God shows us to do even when it makes no sense. No matter what we face if we think about it and make a plan often times we can find a way through it.
Jesus tells us the parable of the shrewd manager. A rich man had a manager over his accounts and found out that the manager was over charging clients and using some of the payments on himself. Because the manager owed the rich man and couldn’t be trusted he was going to be fired. The manager would not accept this since he had no other job skills to fall back on. So he came up with a plan to try and make it right. He called those who owed the rich man and charged them less then they owed. Maybe to balance out what he took so they would not be over charged after all. The buyers thought this was a good deal and maybe would hire the manager when he was fired. Something unexpected happened the rich man praised the manager for acting shrewdly by looking out for himself (Luke 16:1-16). The manager was wicked at first but his shrewd plan changed how the rich man dealt with him when he decided to use his wits for good. The worldly are often cleverer than the righteous. They are alert, find angles and use their wits to survive. We cannot be good and evil at the same time. We need to learn to be shrewd in doing good; using every adversity to stimulate survival and creativity to really live life. Wisdom is wealth if we use it to do good we will have eternal wealth as well. Elijah told a poor widow to bring him a piece of bread but all she had was enough to make one small loaf for her and her son to eat then lay down waiting to die. It seemed crazy for her to use her last resources to feed some hungry prophet. She could have said no but she sensed the spirit doing something so she not only was wise; she followed the voice of God. Because she shrewdly obeyed what God was doing her flour pot and oil jug never ran out (1 Kings 17:11-16). If the wicked can be shrewd to get their way how much more should the righteous shrewdly do what is right?
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