June 27th, 2007


Daily Bread - Colossians 3:18-4:1

Title: Proper respect
Colossians 3:18-4:1
Key Verse 23

This passage starts off with very practical advice - be obedient to the respective authority in your life, whether that be parents or masters. It is good to be respectful. Then, you hit verses 23-24 and it takes a twist on perspective:

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

As we are to love God with all our heart and all our mind and all our strength, we are to do all that we do with a mind to glorify him, and not ourselves. Even in matters of social duty, we are to have our minds set on Jesus, not only on the person we are honoring. This should make it easier for me to be sincere and respectful when I have to do things I don't like for people toward whom I don't have a deep loyalty. I need to remember to work at it with all my heart!!

Ok, but here is the trouble. I don't feel that I deserve any reward from God, so I have some trouble with verse 24... I should be so happy and filled with determination to work hard and seek good gifts, just as I work hard to earn money and buy stuff. But,...to me it seems so selfish. Shouldn't it be enough to serve God because He is worthy?

One Word: Work hard for God

(Nehemiah worked hard!! ^_^ Ok, now I gotta put word into action and face this presentation...)

Back to the Tabernacle, deer and rabbits, other news

For some reason, studying sanctification makes me want to read Exodus 25-31.

"“Now take Aaron and Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Elemazar, and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty...they shall make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, artistically worked."

"And the LORD said to Moses: “Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, and pure frankincense with these sweet spices...you shall make of these an incense...salted, pure, and holy."

I have such an affinity for the Tabernacle.

If I ever meet one of the tribe of Levi, they'd better be afraid! I will ask them all sorts of questions and they won't be able to get me to stop. XD Also, I would try to get them to remind me to study Hebrew...


Anyway, tonight I had very tasty honeydew. Mmmm. That and poppy-seed bread was a great combination :) During the day, I did homework and other sorts of things. I did not see any interesting wild animals. Last night, however, I saw a deer a few feet away. Curious, I started talking to it. It looked at me with ears raised and looked like it might start coming toward me, so I turned and rushed to my apartment. I don't mind Nara deer, but I don't yet trust DC deer. I also saw three rabbits that night! One was on the hill along Campus drive, another was hanging out with the deer, and the last one was running alongside me as I passed through the woods. So much life!

Last night I didn't sleep very well, so I am considering going to bed early. I have a presentation tomorrow about how to manage desktop records in a university.

...I still haven't had time to read the play Athalie/Athaliah. How many months has it been now?