Some years ago there was a game show called,  LET’S MAKE A DEAL. The contestants came to the show armed with costumes and oddities prepared to deal with Mr. Bob Barker. Believe it or not, after a pondering particular message that show came to mind.

In life we have talents, attributes and inclinations all ready to barter with the world to achieve what we want and think we need to make one happy.

This verse comes to mind: St. Luke 1:36c-37  – “with her, [Elisabeth] who was called barren.  For with God nothing is impossible”.

Education, wealth, fame and intelligence is leveled by the playing field of sin. Women were designed to be the producer of life, but for some reason, Elisabeth, the woman in this scenario was unable to.

Everything was in place. She was married, a daughter of Arron, her husband of the course of Abijah among God’s chosen people yet she could not be fruitful and multiply.

While in sin, no matter what your station or attempt in serving the Master conveniently and not consistently in obedience, one will become like Elizabeth, barren.

Not that they aren’t doing things, even in the name of the Lord, but without it being His will all will come to naught. How else would some come before Him, attempting to remind Him of all the wonderful exploit done in His name, to have the Savior  profess He knew them?

Earlier chapters in Matthew, Christ exhorted what was acceptable to God.  Anything else is unidentifiable.

In a class the instructor supplied the will of God in ones life and what part makes us acceptable to God. I Thessalonians 4:3, ” For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.” There has to be a sure foundation.

Once God has saved you it is imperative to go on to the Second Work. Not to leap buildings in a single bound, run through walls and part the Red Sea, but to be Sanctifiedto be endued with power to obey God.

I Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks.”

Matthew 5:44, ” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

How is this accomplished?  Genesis 4: 4-6, “And Able, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And God had respect unto Able and his offering…And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why has thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shall thou not be accepted?”  God is the judge of acceptability. There could be a need and you could have the ability and the wherewithal to accomplish it but if you are not in the position to serve God with His approval all we do is in vain.

Rather than making a deal with the beggarly elements of sin and sub-living, why not imbibe a sure thing on Christ, the Solid Rock, for all other ground is sinking sand. Without the indwelling of the Holy Ghost you cannot do what is  necessary to please God. Sanctification with Obedience and giving thanks in all things, because all things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, will be acceptable with God and that’s a sure thing!