Naked I came from my mother's womb

Nothing in this world belongs to us

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God had given me an opportunity to work on a project which was really a big challenge to me. I can say when I ask God for wealth, He gives me opportunities to do hard work. The day I got this opportunity my prayer was “Father help me to do my best here so that Your name will be glorified”.

I started my work in Jesus name, faced all the ups and downs till the project was completed; and finally the day arrived when Mumbai Monorail became a reality in Mumbai. I was happy and thank God for His presence throughout the entire years of this work till completion.

As time passed several management changes happened at my office and today nobody considers my hardship for this success. I felt so discouraged; sometimes even I thought why I was so passionate about the work and strove to achieve it. So many times I asked this, but I received no answer.

Discouragements even led me to think like a worldly guy who thinks there is “No God”.  Things went on like this and I started losing all hope.  I also started losing my friends and reputation at my work place.  My old colleagues started leaving the job making fun of me, as I was trying for a better opportunity but nothing was working out.

When nothing was left, I came on my knees started crying; not asking anything but just simply crying like a kid in front of his father.  I needed an answer but forgot all the questions.  I never thought God would answer me because I was not asking anything, but crying with a broken and discouraged heart.

Then God reminded me my first prayer when I started this work.  One soft whisper in my ears was an eye opener; “For whom you did this?” “Was it for your company or for yourself? I was speechless this time, because I had forgotten what I prayed when I got this opportunity.  Again after sometime the same question came, this time from the bottom of my heart.  I recollected what I prayed; “Father help me to do my best so that your name will be glorified”.

Now God said “as you have completed your work, you forgot your objective; that is why you are feeling like this.”  That was the final answer for all my questions. That day when I opened the Bible, Romans 1: 20-21 spoke to me, which says though the Almighty created everything He was not given the glory that He deserves.

Jesus left His heavenly glory to die for us, how much praise He deserves?  When I thought about all this, it made me to realize that whatever you do, never love it too much or be possessive about it.  One day you will have to leave this world and everything in it and go.  I often sought for someone like a good friend, companion or an elder who could advice me, instead of going directly to the One who is above all.

Now I feel satisfied as I got the answer and received peace in my troubled heart, which made me understand why Job said “Naked I came from my mother’s womb naked I go”.

Don’t get possessive and boast about what you are able to do.  It is only because of Jesus who is working through you.  We forget sometimes that we were nobody and whatever we are today is due to Him.  So let all the praise belong to Him and Him alone.  “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3

Sometime God leads you to such experiences to make you stronger, to teach you and to make you perfect for His kingdom. But always remember His promise; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. (2 Corinthians 10:13) And also the wonderful promise; “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who has been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

So be thankful for whatever situations you are in at present, and always be ready when He wants to take it away.

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