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Psalm 86

1 Samuel 9:27—10:8

2 Corinthians 6:14—7:1

 

Mismatched With Unbelievers 012312

 

It is sometimes difficult to do, but the words from 2 Corinthians are worth a great deal to us, who as Christians live in a post-Christian world, or in various post-Christian nations.

 

If you need work, and need to find a job, how can one be so picky as to only take jobs and work with believers, and refuse economic relationships with unbelievers. If you’ve been experiencing economic hardship, how do ignore 2 Corinthians and take the work anyway?

 

I’ve been in this position, more than I like to remember, and I’ve taken jobs that seemed wonderful, but the end result was that I would have done better not working and not taking the offered job. But why listen to what I suggest? The Bible tells us so, and it is wise. The damage one does to one’s spirit by working for and with unbelievers is dramatic, and even just speaking in economic terms, we’d be better off not working with such people. It leads to harm for us and our families. If you are talking to an unbeliever about working, talk to your minister about it first, and maybe have the minister talk to the employer.

 

Protect your faith and family first with faithfulness, and be guided by desperation.

 

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

Psalm 86

1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

2Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;

3be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.

4Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.

6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.

7In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

9All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

10For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

11Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

13For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14O God, the insolent rise up against me; a band of ruffians seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.

15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.

17Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

1 Samuel 9:27—10:8

27As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God.”

10Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him; he said, “The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel. You shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their enemies all around. Now this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you ruler over his heritage: 2When you depart from me today you will meet two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; they will say to you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has stopped worrying about them and is worrying about you, saying: What shall I do about my son?’ 3Then you shall go on from there further and come to the oak of Tabor; three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three kids, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. 4They will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from them. 5After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, at the place where the Philistine garrison is; there, as you come to the town, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the shrine with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre playing in front of them; they will be in a prophetic frenzy. 6Then the spirit of the Lord will possess you, and you will be in a prophetic frenzy along with them and be turned into a different person. 7Now when these signs meet you, do whatever you see fit to do, for God is with you. 8And you shall go down to Gilgal ahead of me; then I will come down to you to present burnt offerings and offer sacrifices of well-being. Seven days you shall wait, until I come to you and show you what you shall do.”

2 Corinthians 6:14—7:1

14Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? 15What agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, 18and I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

7Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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Comments on: "Mismatched With Unbelievers 012312" (1)

  1. Hmm. Not sure about your comment about not working for unbelievers and having one’s minister talk with a possible employer. Seems a little heavy-handed. Was that what Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians?

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