62 To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
I cannot fall back on past success and consider myself actively working for the Kingdom. Adonai commands that I actively show proof of my trust through action. Abba grant that I be that strong worker.
2 Chronicles 32:25
However, Hizkiyahu did not respond commensurately with the benefit done for him, because he had grown proud; thus he brought anger on himself and on Y’hudah and Yerushalayim as well.
The writer tells us before this how ADONAI had just delivered the king, Yerushalayim and the nation of Judah from destruction by the king of Asher. No faster than this miracle happen than King Hizkiyahu sin by not honoring ADONAI completely but puffed himself up in pride. This wasn’t the pride of doing something well, where there is also humbleness and giving glory to ADONAI but something that comes from selfishness and anger when one is too self-centered to recognize ADONAI’s help in our lives. It is this type of haughty pride that is the sin and it is this pride that will destroy not only the sinner but in the example of Hizkiyahu bring God’s anger on those around him too because teaches people not to trust God. Lord I am a prideful man. I have learned at Your goading to be humble but I have not learned all my lessons yet because I still get offended by others and harbor hurts from the past. Heal me Lord and let my service and any praise I receive honor You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it! For whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does.
It is not enough to call oneself a believer and attend a service once a week for a couple of hours then fall back one’s selfish ways. If you read the Word and hear the Word preached then to demonstrate your trust in the Word you have to act upon the Word. Abba keep me from my own folly and let me lean only on Your Word. Let the blood Yeshua sacrifice make me whole to You so I can fulfill the work You would have me do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.