Meditation

01/24/2022

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable —- how much more so when brought with evil intent!” (Proverbs 2:27)

The worth of one’s gift is measured by the spirit and intent of he giver. Wicked, godless persons think they can maintain a proper relationship with God through observing worship rituals and giving enough money to God’s work. They are so wrong and what they think He doesn’t know, He knows only too well. God measures by intention and attitude rather than by amount. We must serve God, not selfish ambition.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You look at our hearts and our minds to ascertain what it is we are doing and why. The woman with two copper coins was noted by Jesus as giving her all, while others were giving a portion of their excess. There is no bargaining on this Abba, ans we know You will look at them and tell them, “God away, I do not know you.” We may fool some people, but you will never fool the Creator of the Universe and all that is within it. We lift up those who give out of their abundance and guide them to give with their hearts, those less fortunate than ourselves. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”

KNOWING GOD:

With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—Gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my person treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir), and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for he overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?” (1st Chronicles 29:2-5)

A leader’s example and testimony influences the response of he people. David’s appeal was made effective by his own personal example of worthy and generous giving. In your own giving, remember that you are giving to God an amount which represents your relationship with God and do so joyfully.

I AM:

Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” (Acts 2:45)

Great needs prompt special responses by believers. Early Christians shared their assets as a voluntary response of Christian concern. The The believes made their property available for the common good of fellow believers. Christian stewards cannot hoard resources for personal desires when members of the Christian family lack life’s basic needs. The Bible shows that putting all resources in a common fund was an unusual and temporary plan for supplying needs of fellow Christians. The Bible also shows that supplying needs of fellow Christians is God’s plan for he church.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor, Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him . Then Mary took abut a pint of pure nard, and expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, was was later to betray him, objected, ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for he day of my burial. You will always have he poor among you, but you will not always have me.” (John 12:1-8)

Beloved stewardship involves sensitivity concerning when to use resources and inner freedom to act extravagantly at the proper time. Jesus appreciated the woman’s beautiful, extravagant gift because it reveal her sensitivity to Him as He face the cross. His disciples seem to have had good intentions but lacked sensitivity. All the way to the Cross, Jesus was continuing to teach His disciples. This is but one good example for us to understand in the Bible, that we need to be sensitive towards others and what they are doing and why!

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