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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 3, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
“I [Jesus] tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. . . .” –Luke 16:9 (NLT)
Our use of money is a good test of the lordship of Christ. (1) Let us use our resources wisely because they belong to God, and not to us. (2) Money can be used for good or evil; let us use ours for good. (3) Money has a lot of power, so we must use it carefully and thoughtfully. (4) We must use our material goods in a way that will foster faith and obedience.
We are to make wise use of the financial opportunities we have, not to earn heaven but to help people find Christ. If we use our money to help those in need or to help others find Christ, our earthly investment will bring eternal benefit. When we obey God’s will, the unselfish use of possessions will follow.
Our integrity is often put on the line in money matters. God calls us to be honest even in small details we could easily ignore. Heaven’s riches are far more valuable than earthly wealth. But if we are not trustworthy with our money here (no matter how much or little we have), we will be unfit to handle the vast riches of God’s Kingdom. See that you maintain your integrity in all matters, whether big or small.
Money has the power to take God’s place in your life. It can become your master. How can you tell if you are a slave to money? (1) Do you think and worry about it frequently? (2) Do you give up doing what you should do ro would like to do in order to make more money? (3) Do you spend a great deal of your time caring for your possessions? (4) Is it hard for you to give money away? (5) Are you in debt?
Money is a hard master and a deceptive one. Wealth promises power and control, but often it cannot deliver. Great fortunes can be made—and lost—overnight, and no amount of money can provide health, happiness, or eternal life. How much better it is to let God be your master. His servants have peace of mind and security, both now and forever. (NLT)
Luke 16:1-13 – Jesus told this story to his disciples: “A rich man hired a manager to handle his affairs, but soon a rumor went around that the manager was thoroughly dishonest. So his employer called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about your stealing from me? Get your report in order, because you are going to be dismissed.’
“The manager thought to himself, ‘Now what? I’m through here, and I don’t have the strength to go out and dig ditches, and I’m too proud to beg. I know just the thing! And then I’ll have plenty of friends to take care of me when I leave!’
“So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe him?’ The man replied, ‘I owe him eight hundred gallons of olive oil.’ So the manager told him, ‘Tear up that bill and write another one for four hundred gallons.’
“‘And how much do you owe my employer?’ he asked the next man. ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ was the reply. ‘Here,’ the manager said, ‘take your bill and replace it with one for only eight hundred bushels.’
“The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the citizens of this world are more shrewd than the godly are. I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.
“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s money, why should you be trusted with money of your own?
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. –Luke 16:10 (NRSV)
Andy Clapp (North Carolina) titled his story “THREE TO THIRTY;” here is Andy’s story:
“A school nurse approached our church about providing backpacks filled with food items for a few local schools to send home each Friday with students who would likely have nothing to eat on the weekend. After a few weeks, more schools were calling and asking for backpacks. What began with three schools had grown to 30 – seemingly overnight. Each time we said yes without hesitation; but we began to wonder if our small church could actually maintain the increase.
“The congregation continued to donate money and food items to fill the backpacks each week. No money from the church’s budget went to this particular program since the budget was already committed to other ministries. Amazingly, we always had enough to fill the backpacks.
“Through this ministry we saw scripture being fulfilled. Jesus said that those who are faithful in the little things will also be faithful in the big things, and scripture reassures us that God will provide. When we respond each time God calls us, we learn that a little faith can open the door for God to show awesome power.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God magnifies my faithful giving.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be faithful in all things, especially in the little things. Help us to have the faith that you will provide as we seek to minister to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN WITHOUT ENOUGH TO EAT
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