Sunday, January 16, 2011

Daily devotional: How to use worldly wealth

Scripture
"I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."
Luke 16:9-10 NIV

Observation
The dishonest but shrewd manager in Jesus' story used the resources available to him to help those who were indebted so that they would in turn help him in his time of need. Jesus tells us to use our worldly wealth for heavenly purposes, and that what we do with our worldly wealth is like a test for whether we can be entrusted with heavenly riches. Jesus soon followed up with the story about the rich man and Lazarus. While the rich man lived in luxury every day, he had no compassion for the plight of the beggar Lazarus, who could have benefited much even from a reasonable amount of sympathy. In the end, the rich man went to hell because he rejected God and His commandments.

Application
What kind of money manager am I of the worldly wealth that God has entrusted to me? Use my earthly resources to help those in need, in obedience to the Lord and to build heavenly reward.

Prayer
Lord, I praise You and thank you for Your righteousness. Your ways are holy and perfect. Thank you for sharing them with me and for sanctifying me. You continue to challenge me in use of finances. Please help Stephanie and me to understand how to further put Your principles and commands into action. Show us what level of living You have called us to and where we are to make changes now. Help us to have unity and contentment in moving forward in obedience. I love you!

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