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July 2015

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Give Up(wards)
'Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.' Colossians 3:2 NIV


Matthew 6:24 NIV says: ‘You cannot serve both God and money.’ Right. Not a problem. Buying a few new t–shirts, when we already have a full ward-robe, isn’t ‘serving money’, is it? Possibly not. There’s nothing wrong in buying stuff. But we would ask you this… Did you ask God what He wanted you to do with that cash before splashing it? Now, this is NOT a guilt trip. Promise. It’s a reality check. Some inspiration to move forwards with. And it’s inspiration that we all need. We’ve all got to get our priorities straight. Everything we’ve got is a gift from God anyway. Our very lives, and everything in them, are given by Him, so we have a definite duty to invite Him to shine through them. That means offering everything back to Him, as soon as it lands in our lap (or, even, once we’ve worked our snowflake–patterned Christmas–in–July socks off for it). Whether it’s the $100 birthday money from granny, or the $2 you just found on the floor, God loves it when you give it back to Him. He won’t necessarily tell you to give $102 to charity/church/the homeless guy in town. He may just ask you to give a portion to one of them. But, if you take all your money to Him, you accept the risk that He may tell you to give away what’s left over, after you’ve paid your bills. In fact, scratch that, you don’t just ‘accept’ that risk. You’ll learn to delight in the God–given hazard of generosity.

SoulFood: Ezra 6-8, Mark 1:35-45, Ps 78:17-31, Prov 19:27-29

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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