Jas 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
1Ti 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. (7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
2Co 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Mat 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:
Preparations 2Ti 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Lifetime Preparation Retirement Home down payment Fired Crisis Marriage Children Give to the Church Give a lesson Teach the young Share the Gospel Counsel a sinner Become a Deacon or Elder
Make Preparations 2Ti 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Php 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Joh 13:14-15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. (15) For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Word Count New Testament Old Testament Entire Bible War and Peace All of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books Matthew Henry’s Commentary 181,253 593,493 774,746 587,287 1,084,170 4,168,321 (5x Bible length!)
Contribution? In minutes, Nathan made a huge contribution to the life of King David. In about an hour, Philip helped bring tremendous change to the Eunuch. Paul started and strengthened many congregations and wrote almost ½ the NT. Josiah made a tremendous contribution on the spiritual direction of Israel after the law of God was found over his lifetime.
Two Questions Is there short-term happiness in this activity? (Watch out for sin here.) Is there long term meaning in this activity?