“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Joh 3:16)
This is what it is all about. The core of what we believe. But familiarity often breeds contempt. Take a moment to read with fresh eyes the familiar words, with such a poignant meaning. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, and the expression of an incomprehensible love that is so wide, so deep, and so complete, that we cannot begin to understand its total, absolute, and monumental enormity.
It is for all history, the perfect expression of perfect love. The enormity of the sacrifice cannot be understood by mortal man nor the consequences of rejecting this indescribable gift.
Others need to know what we have heard and experienced. Let the love of others overcome the fear of opening up and letting them know.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you Jesus, for the ultimate sacrifice.” Amen
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” (1 Chronicles 29:14)
God gives us excess to be able to give. He is the ultimate giver, He gave His Son. All we have is His, lets hold on to it knowing that He may have uses for it elsewhere, and be faithful as stewards of all He has given us.
Just as he is generous, so He calls us to reflect His nature. As we spend time with Him and are obedient to His word and promptings we begin to be shaped and moulded by His character.
We ought to be known for our generosity just as He is. We are merely a reflection of His nature and character as we are transformed into His image.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to hold on loosely to all that is yours anyway.” Amen
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.” (1 Chronicles 29:11)
Take a moment to ponder the infinite splendor of our great creator, maker of the universe, master of the infinite detail in all around us. His glory is indeed revealed in the sunrise, the sky, the sea and the beautiful order of nature. Take a moment to wait in awe of your Creator, who knew you, and loved you, even before you were knit together in your mothers womb.
This is the God we serve, this is the God who says “no weapon formed against you will prosper”, this is the God who says “I will provide.”
Is any problem you are facing too great, that He cannot fix it? Is there any problem too small, He is not interested in it? No!
Nothing is impossible for God, and He is for you, not against you. Rest in Him, trust in Him, commit yourself afresh to Him.
Quick Prayer. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.” Amen
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”(Matthew 6:33)
Chasing after all that worldly stuff? What shall I wear, what shall I eat?
Jesus said don’t worry; get busy with that which I have called you to do, and I will sort out all that other stuff. Make my work your priority and you won’t have to worry about all the things ungodly people fret about. That is a terrible paraphrase but the essence is true. As we get our focus on God’s priorities, our needs are met by a loving, providing God. He is indeed “El Shaddai”, the God of more than enough.
He is the one who made the stars with a word, the one who has every hair on your head numbered, the one who feeds the birds and provides the rain. He is not a man that He may lie, He will provide. Will you trust Him? Focus on His business and He will meet you needs, and give you the very desires of your heart!
Quick Prayer. “Help me to put you first in all I do.” Amen
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6: 19-21)
There is a reward for Kingdom investment, a reward with eternal value. As the great song Amazing Grace says, “when we’ve been there 10,000 years……”. What a great perspective, for our life is incomprehensibly short compared with our eternal life.
The value of what we do and the reward for what we do, and how we spend and where we invest, should reflect the temporal nature of our earthly existence.
We are merely stewards of God’s gifts, talents and resources. There will be an accounting and a reward, and then “all earthly things will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”.
Quick Prayer. “Remind me of all that is important from an eternal perspective.” Amen
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” (Ecc 5:10)
If only I can have this or that, then I will be satisfied. Have you noticed that the latest and greatest tool or toy from a few years back now no longer has the same appeal?
Consumerism is built on waves of dissatisfaction. We always need to replace the last favorite thing with the next new latest and greatest toy. The same is true for wealth and money in general.
Check out some really wealthy people. Do they look happy to you? If wealth truly made people happy, the more they have, the happier they would be. This is patently not true, so let’s keep our eyes focused on what truly satisfies.
Quick Prayer: Help me to have what truly satisfies as a priority, Lord. Amen.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (Eph 5:3)
We are all sexual beings, and at work we spend a lot of time with others. There is always temptation and relationship risk when we work closely with others.
Where should we place the boundaries to protect ourselves and our partners? God places the line way back beyond where we might think. There should not even be a hint of immorality—not even the slightest innuendo or flirt.
When you take care of the way it looks, you actually take care of the way it is. If it can be interpreted wrongly, then give it a wide berth. Too many have succumbed to a workplace affair. If you are in danger of being snared, then flee before it is too late.
Quick Prayer: Protect my virtue, give me wisdom, and keep me pure. Amen.
“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.” (Exo 22:25)
When we have a position of authority and substance, it comes with a level of responsibility. When we are entering into a deal or project with one another, we have a duty of care to consider their circumstances.
This is no truer than when we are involved in the family of faith. That is not to say we should always do everything for believers at a discount or for free, but we should consider the impact on the other party and his or her ability to pay.
Sometimes it is not meant to be a purely commercial business deal; God may have something else in mind. He may be calling you to bless someone in the midst of your business dealings.
Quick Prayer: When You call me to help, let it be done well and in an appropriate way. Amen.