Give The Best

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.

By faith - by believing God - we know that the world and the stars - in fact, all things - were all made from things that can''t be seen.

It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering that pleased God more than Cain's offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift; and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God.

Enoch trusted God too, and that is why God took him away to heaven without dying; suddenly he was gone because God took him. Before this happened God had said how pleased he was with Enoch. You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely look for him. Hebrews 11: 1-6 (TLB)

Linda Chandra lives in Banten, Indonesia. When she was interviewed by someone from a TV channel after resigning from her job, a reporter asked her if she felt a sense of loss at leaving her position in a prestigious company and giving up a large income to be a mother. Linda replied, "Not at all! In fact, I'm grateful to be a mother so that I can teach my children to love God and others, to glorify God, and to give their best to God whatever their profession in the future."

The examples of Abel and Enoch in today's reading encourage Linda to give of her best - whatever her profession - and to live in a way that pleases God. God is pleased by those who earnestly seek to trust, give of their best, and live in obedience to God. We are called to follow God even when, we are giving up something good in order to do it. But God always wants what is best for us and will lead us to what is good.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for all the opportunities you put before us. Give us the courage to follow where you lead, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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