Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Do You Value? – Part 2 - Consider the Value

Michael continues from yesterday, explaining that if you reject your eternal inheritance, you'll miss the physical inheritance. How do you allocate the wealth with which God has blessed you?  It is He who has given us the ability to get wealth. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Jesus said, "He who is faithful in that which is least shall be also faithful in much." The point of the parable of the alleged unjust steward is that "he that is trustworthy in the material things, the physical treasures of this world, will be entrusted with the eternal things of the spirit of the living God." The question is not "How good are you at managing your funds, but rather how are you managing the things of God?"

What are true riches and the currency of heaven? Ye were bought with a price.  The true riches are those whom God has called to be a living sacrifice.  I beseech ye therefore brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

What is highly valued among men and women is detestable to God. The root of all kinds of evil is the love of money. Ye cannot serve both God and mammon.  Money is not evil in itself, rather it's when we love and worship money and the things that money can buy as the source of our provision. At that point the true God is no longer our Provider ...  He no longer has preeminence in our hearts.  The motto of the United States is "In God We Trust."  It is ironic that "In God We Trust" is printed on US Currency, for money itself is the "God" that many Americans trust. The scripture says, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man's life consists not in the abundance of things which he possesses." God says to give of our material riches so that He can bless us in return. The blessing is in “seeking him as the source of our sufficiency” and not our money.  Therefore, give and it shall be given unto you. For with the measure that you give it shall be given back to you pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

The most valuable things in this life and the next are the things that money can't buy. It's not about the cost, rather, it' s about the value. Like the credit card commercial says, "What is the value of taking your daughter to a baseball game?" Two tickets behind home plate:  $150.00.  Two hot dogs with peanuts and drinks:  $30.00.  One baseball cap:  $25.00.  One souvenir bat and ball:  $50.00.  One precious evening spending time with your daughter:  Priceless.”

How valuable is our relationship with God our Heavenly Father as His sons and daughters? Our fellowship with Him is priceless. For His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, was made the perfect sacrifice for sin on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him. Jesus paid our debt of sin on the cross because we could not afford it. What does God value most?  God values our fellowship with Him, His son Jesus Christ, and one with another in the household of faith. We are in this journey together: for what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.

May God richly Bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael

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