“A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. To show partially is not good—-yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread. A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
God’s people do not set their sights on material prosperity. God’s people seek to be faithful to Him, to be fair and just with other people, and to help others. These attitudes lead to God’s blessings. Selfish commitment in wealth leads to eventual ruin. God’s people seek to follow His will, His Word, His lifestyle, not merely with words but more often with the way they live out their faith with others.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, to live our lives serving You and our fellow mankind, we must be willing to set ourselves to helping those in need, while trusting that You will also provide for our needs. You would rather see us living out our lives helping others than to just hear mere words with little or no meaning. You gave us Your Spirit to gives is a measure of wisdom when we encounter those in need, that we might reach out to them with the love we have received from You, and that they come to desire that same feeling of joy in their own lives. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Life is our gift from God. Our gift to God is how we live out the lives He gives us.”
“Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
Responsible Christians avoid becoming so indebted they limit the personal freedom necessary to serve Christ. In biblical days, anyone failing to pay a debt could become a slave. Credit abuse is a form of slavery or addiction that threatens many today. Christian stewards manage their finances and control spending to meet their obligations.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1st John 2:15)
Christian stewards are to care lovingly for God’s world. We must not give our first love to the world and its material goods. The steward’s supreme love is for God only. When the world becomes the object of our loving devotion, we show we do not love God.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” (Mark 14:10-11)
Loyalty to Christ does not have a price. Judas sold Christ to the priests for 30 coins and about the equivalent of four months pay. A sizable sum of money. He valued personal power, political freedom, and financial resources above Jesus life and the kingdom of God.
One of the things that people who say they are called to serve God Him, it for them to discern exactly what it is that they are being called to do. I’ve spent a lifetime serving in a variety of ways, to help people who were in need of food, clothing, and a roof over their heads. I find joy in this type of service, and even though I also serve in the church worship services, this is a smaller area of giving than what it is that I love in serving the people’s needs. Discernment is especially helpful as I said in determining where God wants me to focus my ministry on, but it is also helpful for the various ministries of the church to help people find where their gifts are best suited for. No matter how you determine your own call beloved, it must begin with prayer, asking Him to reveal to you what it is you should pursue.