Intimacy

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)

Would you like to share in the happiness of God? He is the creator of all happiness, pleasure and joy. Shared happiness is sign of intimacy, and of a close relationship. What a beautiful picture of our Fathers love for us.

It is out of an understanding of that love and the overwhelming gift of His sacrifice, that our faith and works are grounded. Not out of appeasing an angry capricious being, but in serving faithfully a loving and giving God.

Plus, when we have been proven faithful with a little, we will be given much more. It is spiritual principal that is outworked so clearly in our work in the marketplace.

Quick Prayer. “I want to share in your happiness Holy Spirit.” Amen

The Origin of Wealth.

“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

Where do wealth and possessions come from? From our hard work? We would toil in vain without God. It is He who gives us the ability to create wealth and His hand that distributes blessing. Alongside material possessions sometimes come a priceless gift—one that eludes so many who do not know God and many who do.

There is the gift of an ability to enjoy wealth. The wealthiest people are not the happiest. The enjoyment of what we have comes as a gift from God.

The second part of that blessing is a release from striving and looking for the next thing. The trap of materialism is the unending cycle of desire and dissatisfaction. Enjoy, accept, and be happy; it’s a great gift.

Quick Prayer. “Allow me to enjoy what you have given me Jesus.” Amen

Happy to Give?

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7)

We are often told how to give and how much to give. God’s way is clear, and it is not a formula. We should give as we have decided to give in our hearts. We are not to give reluctantly, nor should there be any measure of any kind of compulsory assumption.

How much are you happy to give? That sounds like an odd question, but it is worth considering. If God would like us to be cheerful when we give, how much are we happy to give cheerfully? Decide away from pressures and sermons in a quiet reflective time with God. Don’t be reluctant, and do not feel forced in any way. Give out of a thankful heart in gratitude for all He has and will provide. Don’t try to bribe God, and really, happily, cheerfully enjoy this wonderful act of worship.

Quick Prayer: I cheerfully give to You, Lord. Amen.

Happiness.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Mat 25:21)

Do you feel that what you have to do at work is less than you are capable of? Do you feel that you have more to give? The temptation under the circumstances is to treat what you have as somewhat unimportant.

The key to receiving more is being faithful with what you have. It is not to be done because you will get more but because we are asked to be faithful with what He has entrusted to us. Our faithfulness is rewarded by more responsibility and a share in our Master’s happiness.