Money can be intoxicating. Whether taken straight or mixed with cars, sound systems, clothes, and apartment furnishings, money is heady stuff—it can leave you stoned, high, drunk, blotto. Like any intoxication, the first taste of wealth may bring an exhilarating rush, but eventually it can take over a person's life, leaving that person under the Influence of Affluence.
How can we get motivated when we don't feel like doing anything?
First, I think what we need to do is continually commit the area of work to the Lord Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to change us. Then we should begin to associate more and more with those who are industrious, and less and less with our sluggish friends. 1 Cor. 15:33—"Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" We should follow the guidelines outlined in Proverbs.
I want to examine with you A Father's Race and what that means in the context of Hebrews 12:1-11.
Some time ago when I was in Wenatchee, I stopped in at one of the places I remember from growing up—Dusty's In and Out. When I got there I looked on the wall, and saw this picture of the 1957 Dusty's In and Out team, and the guy in the top row in the middle was me!
Near the end of the 19th century, on the heels of a bloody civil war Josiah Holland wrote, "God, give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands"—The Best Loved Poems of the American People, p. 132.
Throughout history, long before the Marines, God has been looking for a few good men: "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him"—2 Chron. 16:9a. "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap..."—Ezek. 22:30a.
Did God find men with strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands? Did He give us such men? Yes!
Biblical Resources for Men Living for Christ
- Raising Men of Character
- How does the way we relate to children reflect our understanding of God's kingdom? from the series, "The Person God Uses"
- "A Father's Race," taught Father's Day 2000
- Ever feel unmotivated to work? How can we get motivated? Reevaluate your work life, with the study Working Hard or Hardly Working.
Study the men of the Bible with us. Character studies on Solomon, Timothy, Samson, Abraham, Paul, Elijah, and even a few more are here.
Caught up in the trap of loving money? Commit to escaping The Influence of Affluence.
What does the Bible say about relationships between the generations? How can young men with no spiritual heritage acquire great role models? Teaching by Pastor Bob Stone.
Want to be an intercessor—for your kids, your wife, your friends, your church? How are the prayers and dreams of godly people fulfilled? Take a look at Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary's experience.
People often look to us for counsel. Get some great scriptural principles for sound lay counseling, here.