Monday, April 29, 2013
In God's economy...
You can do more with 90% (or even 75%) of God's money in your pocket than with keeping all of it. The giving of tithes and offerings releases the God who likes to take loaves and fishes and prepare a feast.
You can do more by serving others than serving yourself.
You can do more through forgiving enemies than holding onto bitterness.
You can do more through having seasons/days/hours of no food (fasting) than in living a life marked by always having your stomach filled.
You can do more with a vehicle and home you can afford than a vehicle or car that puts you in great debt. God says to owe no debt than the debt to love one another.
You can do more on a regular pattern of good sleep (7-9 hours) than refusing to go to get good rest. Allow the Sovereign God of the universe to take care of the details and go to bed.
And yet, you can do more on losing 30 minutes of sleep to engage in Bible study and prayer than you can if you spend those 30 minutes under the covers.
Most of all, you can do more by confessing your sin and turning to Christ for salvation than by taking the road most traveled, a wide road of rebellion against God, that is fraught with peril, pain, and ultimate destruction.
Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 16:24-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?