November 24, 2014

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“What does EVERYTHING and NOTHING have in common?”

Thankful in everything Anxious for nothing Bible verse:

Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

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EVERYTHING and NOTHING pretty much covers anything, right?

Anything we could possibly experience in life is covered by the words ‘everything’ and ‘nothing’.

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So, what do they have in common?

Funny enough, these two words find themselves together in one Bible verse that talks about thanksgiving.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
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Wow, let’s let that marinate in our heart and mind:

  • “Be anxious for nothing”
  • “In everything by prayer and supplication”
  • “With thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
  • “And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind”
  • “Through Jesus Christ!”

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Verse Picture - Philippians 4.6
thankful in everything anxious for nothing bible verse

Is it really possible to be anxious for nothing and thankful in everything?

thankful in everything anxious for nothing bible verse
God says it is.  God says IT IS POSSIBLE to be ‘anxious for nothing’ and ‘thankful in everything’ if we have a few things in common in our life.  Look again at Philippians 4:6-7 for those commonalities:

1)  Prayer & Supplication!

Actively talk and interact with God.  Ask God for your needs – emotional, spiritual, physical, social, relational, financial needs, etc.

Make your requests [plural] known to God.

2)  Stay Thankful!

Notice it says ‘in everything’ NOT ‘for everything’.  In other words, stay thankful ‘IN’ things even when they are difficult or not going well.  Certainly, we may not always be thankful FOR everything that happens in life, but we can stay thankful IN everything that happens in life.

3)  Christ Jesus!

Don’t expect to have peace in your heart and mind, if you’re not living in and through Jesus Christ.  With Christ, you have everything you need to be thankful and peaceful.  Without Christ, you’ll struggle to find peace, and consequently, you’ll struggle to be thankful.

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Another Bible verse says it this way. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything gives thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  See those 3 commonalities again:

1) Prayer

2) Stay Thankful

3) Christ Jesus

thankful in everything anxious for nothing bible verse

According to the Bible, that’s what ‘everything’ and ‘nothing’ have in common!

thankful in everything anxious for nothing bible verse
If you and I wish to be anxious for nothing and thankful in everything, if we want to experience ‘peace in our hearts/minds’ and ‘rejoicing in our everyday life’, you and I must pray, stay thankful, and above all, live in and through Jesus Christ.  May you have a Happy, Prayerful, Grateful, Rejoiceful, Peaceful Thanksgiving in Christ Jesus!

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Verse Picture - 1 Thessalonians 5.18

thankful in everything anxious for nothing bible verse

Kingdom of Heaven: “Parable of the Vineyard, Landowner, & Workers”

Bible Story – Parable Vineyard Landowner Workers:

Matthew 20:16 “The last will be first, and the first will be last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
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Jesus told a story of a landowner who went into town looking for workers to employ in his vineyard.

The landowner hired workers at …

  • the start of the day
  • the 3rd hour
  • the 6th hour
  • the 9th hour
  • even the 11th hour

At the end of the day, the landowner paid every worker the same amount, a full day’s wage.

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Whaaat?
parable vineyard landowner workers

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.  Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.  And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’  They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’  “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’  And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.  But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.  And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’  But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?  Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’  So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
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I love this parable because of what it teaches us about the ‘kingdom economy’ and ‘eROI’ (eternal return on investment).

parable vineyard landowner workers
As we consider our own lives, and the lives of people around us, whom God is trying to recruit to His work and harvest, Jesus’ words remind us the God’s work is so great and so important and so urgent-to-complete that He can earn a ‘full return’ on our life, effort, and time regardless of when we get started (no matter what ‘hour’ of our life that we enter His vineyard).  You see, the harvest must be reaped while it is ready, else it will spoil and be lost.  That is why God needs us at whatever ‘hour’ we show up to work, and that is why He is willing to pay us a ‘full wage’.

Wow!  Now, that redefines significance and the urgency of our involvement, doesn’t it?

No matter what hour of life you are in, it is never too late to answer the call of God, the call of Jesus, on your life to come ‘work in His vineyard’.  Everyone is called, but few allow themselves to be chosen.

  • Won’t you step up and allow yourself to be ‘hired’ by the landowner (Jesus)?
  • Won’t you be willing to work in His vineyard (the kingdom of God)?
  • Won’t you be happy to receive a full day’s wage (the gift of eternal life)?

No matter what hour of life you are in …

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