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Friday, January 10, 2020


What Are You For?
Pastor B.J. Knefley

What are you for? How would you answer that question? Would it depend upon who’s asking it or in what context it was being asked? Perhaps the question could be asked, what is your purpose in life? Sadly, more people seem to know what we’re against than what we are for.

Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21). So, what does that mean exactly? In part it means that what you value, what you deem important and significant will be what motivates you. In other words, desires like pride, money, prestige, worth, significance and a host of other things can be the motivating factor in everything we do. It can be the reason we get out of bed in the morning. But is it a good thing? Could it be that the very thing that motivates and propels us forward is at the same time the very thing that brings us the most disappointment and failure?

If we were to look at a cross section of some of the greatest people that have ever lived, we will probably find that they had one thing in common, they valued people. That’s right, it wasn’t position, prestige, worth or significance, it was simply people? Why is this so important? One of the reasons is simple, investing in people will have the greatest opportunity for having your investment paid forward. The question. “What are you for?” will be played out throughout your life whether you’re aware of it or not. It will be demonstrated in how you treat others both personally and professionally. Sadly, in the end, if your life has been about things, they will die with you. If it’s been about people, it will live on. What you invest in others can have eternal impact. So why aren’t we taught that from the beginning? Why do we seem to teach our children that achieving is all that matters? Trust me, I don’t have all the answers, but I do know of one thing. Change can start with me. It’s as simple as looking at myself and seeing where my heart really is. Do I truly value people or am I more concerned with my own reputation, value or worth. If I want to change the world, I’m going to have to start with myself. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Amen and Amen!

Anonymous said...

Wise words we need to hear in this day. For some of us a affirmation that we are on the right road in life, for others it's time to get on the right track, thank you.