“LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand and all of it belongs to you.” (1 Chronicles 29:16)
The promises of God are “yes and amen”. True beyond all doubt. If we are enjoying abundance it comes from His hand. With abundance comes responsibility. By any worldly standard we are blessed and have a responsibility of being a part of building the Kingdom of God. The nuts and bolts of building and serving in a local church are a part of our responsibility.
Part of our response to receiving from God is an obligation to help sow back into His work. This should come not out of compulsion but out of a grateful heart, thankful in acknowledging that it has all come from Him. He loves to give good gifts to His chilrden, just as we do ours. he will ensure we are not spoiled, but He is generous.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for your promises Lord, and for the responsibility to respond to your generosity.” 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
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mat 6:21)
We honor God by serving Him and being faithful to what He has called us to. Those of us in the marketplace have a responsibility to honor Him in all the arenas of life.
Our focus should always be on Him. Our focus is driven by our priorities, and our priorities are driven by our hearts. Our hearts will shape and mold our behaviors by what is truly important to us.
This Scripture says that our hearts, and therefore our motivations and behaviors, are driven by where our treasure is. What is our treasure? It obviously has financial implications, but I think it goes beyond just money. Our treasure is all that is important to us. If we invest time, relationships, and finances into the Kingdom of God, that is where our hearts will be.
Quick Prayer: Keep my heart and my resources focused on Your kingdom, Lord. Amen.
“In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3-5)
You can only see the Kingdom of God if you are born again. This occurs as we ask Jesus to forgive us and make Him Lord over our lives. Our spiritual eyes are then open and we begin a journey of discovery in the Kingdom.
Do you know you are going to heaven, do you have an assurance that you are born again? You may have been around church all your life, but not yet made a full commitment of your life to Jesus. Why not make that decision today? You have a lot to gain.
Quick Prayer. “Lord forgive me for my sin, I acknowledge Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I give you my life.” Amen