In asking God to walk in His righteousness on Monday you can honestly wish Victor luck with the large house sale, despite it will be he, not you, reaping the commission. Your words and attitude stirs up surprise in your colleagues.  However, you spend as much time as possible away from the office visiting, assessing and take photos of houses. When at the Agency you remain pleasant while busying yourself putting houses on the ‘for sale’ books.  You determine not to be drawn by questions and comments about Victor taking over the other houses you haven’t sold.  In using a company car, you shop at the large supermarket on the edge of town and are surprised to see the Andersons, the couple who owned the multi-million-pound house you had hoped to sell.  Immediately they voice their disappointment at you not showing around potential buyers, and add a very damning account of Victor’s sycophantic approach and what they describe as his conniving methods to initiate a sale. You apologise, and explain you haven’t any jurisdiction over your workload, or Victor. When they indicate they might go elsewhere you suggest, before making that decision, they write and express their views to Mr Chandler who owns the Agency, and quickly excuse yourself.

That evening you return to Margie’s reading plan. Matthew Chapter 13 is very appropriate – a parable on seeds, weeds, treasure and the Kingdom. Sowing seeds for the Kingdom haven’t touched your colleagues’ hearts, but every house valuation you made this month is bringing an opportunity for a harvest of sales.  Reminded of Matthew 5 you turn and read, ‘blessed are those persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of God!’  You thank the Lord before reverting back to Genesis.  In Chapter 14 you discover Abram didn’t begrudge Lot having the best land, and quickly rescued him and his possessions when taken captive.  Later when Abram heard God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, believing in Lot’s righteousness he begs God to save him. Lot and his family were so corrupt he offered his daughters to men! Later they committed incest with their father.  God so loved Abram he answered his prayer to rescue Lot knowing that Lot would still make wrong choices.

In seeing how Abram responded throughout this situation you pray to continue to have the right attitude towards Victor despite his shady and arrogant behaviour.

Word:  “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” Titus 2:12

Worship:   “Battle Belongs”  Phil Wickham  4 mins

Key 27 – Righteousness