When I was about 7 years old, I began to haul hay for one of our neighbors. I had to learn all the ins and outs of the hay hauling business. I had to build my muscles so I could toss a large bale of hay onto the flat bed of that truck.
I was the serious one of the crew. I was the one that kept trying to encourage everyone to step up and get the work done. At the age of 7, I was the one who worked the hardest to make sure everything was finished on time.
My reward for all my hard work was huge. At the age of 7, I was given full control of the truck and its crew. We were allowed to haul for anyone as long as it did not interfere with getting his hay in the barn. The good part was that we still got paid for hauling his hay.
I had a similar experience about thirty years ago. That was when I was saved. I was given a mentor to disciple me for two weeks. During that time, this godly man managed to get me hooked on studying the bible. He proved to me the importance of doing more than just reading the scripture. He taught me the importance of using the center reference as a guide to using other scripture as commentary for the scripture I was studying.
After the discipleship period ended, I was so hungry, I began to study on my own. It wasn’t long till I was finding more time to study. It wasn’t long before I was called by God to teach.
About that time, my wife and I moved to a new community. The church there needed an adult Sunday School Class. I was asked to teach it. The class started with about 6 people and rapidly grew to about 35. All my study and diligence paid off even more than all my hard work as a child.
The moral of all of this is that I could have done less and still have survived. I could have still made money with the hay truck, but I chose to do more. I could have declined the teaching job, but God had trained me and prepared me to teach and later to preach His gospel.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “Matthew 4:1-4 (NKJV
I knew a man who started to work in the bank after college. He joined the Masons, the Lions club, and any others that would show him off as a loyal and respected citizen. He didn’t take the time to prove himself to the people, he just wanted fame.
The banker and his family attended church every Sunday at first but as he grew in the club activity, they started to come to church less and less.
What went wrong? The banker started to depend on man and the world, he was so busy he lost sight of the important things.
I chose to stay with the bible and try to live what I had learned. I’m not as rich as the banker friend, but the life I live is much better and more rewarding. My family and I are more important to God than the banker and his family are to the world.
The world will deceive you and try to lead you in the wrong direction. God always leads His children on the straight path to Heaven. The decision is easy, and the path is straight to those who are loyal to God.