Devo Who gave the most part 5
Luke 16:10-13 (NIV)
10 “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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
We are only stewards of what we receive in this life. We didn’t bring it with us and we can’t take it with us. How you handle this world’s wealth and riches is how you will be judged. It is when we are trustworthy with the things of this world God will trust us with the things of heaven. The world’s wealth or God’s? Which do you prefer? Can God trust you with true riches?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Who gave the most part 4
Luke 12:15-21 (NIV)
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
How long are you going to live? Any idea? Where are you putting your retirement money? Is it safe? Do we really believe scripture?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Who gave the most part 3
2 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
I love James. He is so blunt and to the point. It is the poor who go through trials and tribulations and learn to walk by faith. They are not touched by the deceitfulness of wealth and trust in it. Who do you honor or revere? Do you judge by the world standards or Gods? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God does not measure the worth of a person by what they have. The church will push their trophy followers to the front. Those who got rich or famous to the front to lead them not thinking they came to Christ because the world system didn’t fulfill them. They did not become wise in the word instantly so why have them lead? The Bible is clear the young in the Lord should not lead. Those who show favoritism sin and put themselves out from under grace and back under the law and if they don’t keep the whole law are in need of a savior all over again. Have mercy and show grace and love all not by this world standards but Gods.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Who gave the most part 2
Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV)
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
How we give is as important as what we give. It is a private thing between you and the father. It also is in direct proportion as to how God will bless us.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Who gave the most
Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)
21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
The priests would put out a large metal container for the people to put their offerings in at the time of when Jesus walked the earth. The rich would bring in their tithe and drop it in slowly and it would make a loud noise and the people would be impressed by those whose money made the most noise. It was a contest of sorts to see who gave the most, but they would frown on the poor whose mite's made little noise. They were looked down on, but Jesus was impressed with the widow because she gave the most in proportion to what she had. She gave all so she would be bless in proportion to what she gave, not amount. You must interpret scripture in context to the culture of the time to understand completely what Jesus is saying.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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