Thursday, November 12, 2015

Use Your Worldly Resources to Benefit Others

Luke 16:9
"Here's the lesson. Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home."

Matthew 6:19-21
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."

Leviticus 25:23
"The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me."

Lord, you amaze me! You knew that I would be reading Luke 16 the day after you spoke to me from Leviticus 25 about being a manager of your property. The first part of Luke 16 is a parable about a manager who didn't use his master's resources wisely. What a lesson for me to use my worldly resources to benefit others, not just me and my family. At the same time I will be storing my treasure in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy and thieves don't break in and steal.

The last part of Luke 16 reveals the eternal fate of those who refuse to help the poor and needy who are put into their path. Your word is clear that you have a heart for the poor and the widows and orphans. You also want us to use our worldly possessions to invest in the eternal salvation of those around us. Please help me to be building up my Kingdom Investment portfolio!

Thank you, Lord, for driving these points home to me! I want to be faithful in the small things. I want to be trustworthy with worldly wealth so that you can trust me with the true riches of heaven. In Jesus' name, amen. <3

James 1:22-25
But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
James 1:22-25

Psalm 19:12-14
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don't let them control me.
Then I will be free of gilt
and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O LORD my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:12-14

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