Completing the Work

Completing the Work

September 17

"I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do" (John 17:4).

Have you ever had a big project to do and felt great when you’d finished the job and it was a big success? The Lord has revealed to us that the number one thing we are to do is love the Lord our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. His desire is for us to know Him and the power of His resurrection. These mandates deal with our relationship with Him. The fruit of this relationship must then result in our glorifying Him by completing the work He has given each of us to do. It will become a by-product of this relationship, not an end in itself.

What is the work God has called you to do? Jesus never did anything the Father had not instructed Him to do. He lived in such communion with the Father that He knew when to turn left and when to turn to the right. Is it possible to have such a relationship with our heavenly Father? I think that if it weren’t, He would not have given us such an example.

"Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jer. 33:3). What has He called you to do? Perhaps you are called to be the best lawyer in your city or the best advertising executive or the best office worker or assembly line person in your company. Whatever work He has called you to, He will use you as His instrument to accomplish something that He has uniquely prepared you to do.

When our life is complete, what a glorious day it will be if we can each say, "I have completed the work You gave me to do." This will have brought great glory to Him.

Transformed!

Transformed!
For reading & meditation – Psalms 32
"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." (v. 1)

We come now to speak of all those who have been broken, or are on the verge of being broken, by the memory of some deeply grievous sin. I am not thinking so much of those who have committed sin and have not come to Christ for forgiveness, but of those who, though they have been forgiven by God, are unable to forgive themselves. A man came to me recently at the end of a meeting at which I had spoken, and told me the details of a particularly horrendous sin in which he had been involved. He said, "I know God has forgiven me, but the memory of what I have done is constantly with me. It is quietly driving me insane." This brought to mind a story I heard many years ago of a father who taught his son to drive a nail into a board every time he did something wrong, and then to pull out the nail after he had confessed the wrong and had been forgiven. Every time this happened, the boy would say triumphantly, "Hurray! The nails are gone!" "Yes," his father would say, "but always remember that the marks made by the nails are still in the wood." The message I want you to get hold of and build into your life is this: the Carpenter of Nazareth can not only pull out the nails, but can also varnish and beautify the wood so that the marks become, not a contradiction, but a contribution.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, You who once were known as a carpenter’s son, take the stains and blemishes of my past and work through them so that they contribute, rather than contradict. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen.

For Further Study
1 John 1; Psalms 103:3; Acts 5:31; Ephesians 1:7
1. How can we know full forgiveness?
2. Why not ask for it today?

Minnesota’s Obamacare Exchange Is Failing, PreferredOne Pulls Out!

Minnesota’s Obamacare Exchange Is Failing
KSTP: Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

Mark Dayton is in Washington D.C. fundraising with mega-donors while Obamacare in Minnesota is failing miserably. The largest insurance provider in MNsure, PreferredOne, has pulled out of Obamacare in Minnesota. The reason: the Obamacare exchange is “not sustainable” financially or administratively for the company.

According to KSTP, PreferredOne leaving MNsure will have a major impact on MNsure customers this fall. PreferredOne insured 59% of Minnesotans on the exchange, all of whom will have to go back through the nightmare of purchasing MNsure healthcare again. Minnesotans will likely be forced to pay even higher rates for healthcare with fewer choices, and the overall financial model of MNsure is at risk.

Mark Dayton is responsible for these problems. He lied to Minnesotans about their severity. He ignored Republican warnings about MNsure’s viability long term, and now it is falling apart.

As with far too many things, Mark Dayton pretended it was someone else’s problem and blamed others, and now it appears that after spending $160 million, MNsure may never work.

Watch the full KSTP report here!

And PreferredOne leaves MNSure..

Health insurer PreferredOne won’t sell plans on MNsure next year, a blow to the state-run health-insurance exchange.

The insurer and MNsure announced the split Tuesday.

Administrative and cost burdens prompted the Golden Valley-based company to exit MNsure, KSTP reports.

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