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Present God your first

IS4084RF-00008161-001Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Are you ready? Here’s the subject most people don’t want to hear about when it comes to living for God. Money and tithing. You may cringe when you hear a pastor or teacher speak on this topic, but I’m going to ask you to bear with me for a moment.

One reason that many Christians remain spiritually unhealthy is because they choose to ignore this one principle from God’s Word. If you’re spending time with God in prayer, reading and studying the Bible, trying to love your neighbor as yourself, and everything else, but you’re holding something back from God, you’re never going to succeed. It’s not about funding the church. God doesn’t ask us to give because He needs our money. What He wants most is us, and if we’re possessed by our possessions, we can’t be His.

Tithing really isn’t about the amount. It’s about the way in which we give it. If we’re glad to give and have a good attitude, it’s good for our spiritual health. If we give, but it’s with great hesitancy, we’re not doing ourselves any good. Tithing is more about giving the first than it is about giving a tenth. When we trust in God enough to give back to Him some of what He’s given us, we’re actually worshipping Him. When we worship, we’re saying He’s in control and we’re not.

Presenting to God some of what’s already His to begin with is good for spiritual health. Holding on to our stuff and hoarding it, that’s not. Wise people know the difference.

What’s In Your Wallet?

The Commands of Jesus Series

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.  20  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  21  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Accumulating wealth is a great idea, go for as much of it as you can get, in fact let’s be greedy about it. Well that is if you are thinking about the treasure that you are storing away in heaven.

I need to let go of  my earthly treasure and use it to help me accumulate treasure in heaven. I must not be proud of how well I can provide for my needs or place my trust in my earthly wealth, instead I need to be generous and willing to help those that are in need that I have the ability to help. That way my treasure will be stored in the right place to prevent suffering any loss, there isn’t any access for thieves and the stock market won’t crash, this treasure is made to last.

1 Peter 1:4  and we have a priceless inheritance–an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

Help me Lord to remember that my money belongs to you, help me to know how to use it for your purpose.

You might like to read:
Greatness Redefined  //  How Is Your “I” Problem   //  Using Your Money Wisely

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On mission

Romans 10:14-15  How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

How can we reach the whole world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  It happens through sacrifice.  In order to reach them we’ve got to give of ourselves.  We’ve got to be willing to do without so that they can hear the Good News.

We may be required to give financially so that resources and supplies can be purchased or travel can be accommodated.  We may need to give of our time to help mobilize a team or to go out on a mission trip.  We may need to give up our own comfort so that others can be reached.  All of this can extend around the world or be true of our own home town.  Giving for the sake of others knowing Christ might be allowing someone else to have your seat in church so that they can hear the message.  It might mean sitting through an uncomfortable sermon that others need to hear.  It might mean interacting with “sinners” and stepping out of our comfort zone to love them for the sake of Christ.  Giving sometimes hurts, but it’s for a good cause.

Giving may be this or it might be that, but there’s one thing it’s not:  optional.  All believers are called to reach others for Christ and the kingdom of God grows through us.  But if we won’t give, they won’t be reached and we hinder the Holy Spirit’s work.  Let’s choose to give so that they might hear.

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A disciple

Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

There is supernatural power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to do a work in the life of a person.  Yet sometimes Christians are fearful to share this power, opting instead to water down the Good News into something flowery and completely devoid of its power.  How can we do this when we know that one can only be saved through faith in Jesus?

So often we fear what people will think of us.  Maybe they’ll disrespect us.  Maybe they’ll persecute us or threaten us.  In some areas of the world, death may even be a consequence for sharing the Gospel.  But on the day of judgement, who will we stand before?  Men or God?

We have nothing to fear because the power is on God’s side, not on the world’s side.  On that day when we stand to give an account for what we did with our lives, it will be God we face, not the people who intimidated us.  So why not share the message that has the power for salvation?  Why not proclaim to the entire world how they can know God?

As disciples it’s our calling.