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Lose Everything

There was a great visual demonstration that a pastor once shared with me, and it will always stick with me. It has to do with open hands. He said if you have your hands closed, you are unable to receive blessings. You hold on to what you have and deny yourself from receiving what God has for you. Ever since I first heard this, I have carried it with me.

Today’s passage tells us that if we “give freely” that we will “become more wealthy.” We live in a society that says to save everything you have, invest, store up, get more, have more, and that’s how you be more.  Culture tries to get us to build up a fortress here on earth. But God tells us otherwise. This passage says that if you are “stingy” you are going to “lose everything.” This isn’t just a scare tactic to get you to tithe more. If you put your energy into storing up here on earth, you will soon find that the moths can eat it all.

You become so much more wealthy if you freely give, recognizing that nothing is yours. I recently heard a response from a pastor that speaks volumes. His daughter said her day was going badly. He reminded her that it wasn’t “her” day. It was God’s day. Each day is God’s day and He gives it to us as a gift. The same goes with everything else. He gives it all to us. So give freely and see just how wealthy you will be for living life with open hands.

“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.” – Proverbs 11:24 [NLT]

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Lost Authority

The other day a lady was having her groceries scanned at the cash register. Everything was running smoothly but then something happened and it changed everything. There was a jar of vinegar that was not scanning so the numbers had to be typed into the register. After all of the numbers were entered from the product, the wrong price came up because of the similarity between another item in the store. The customer was blown away that the jar of vinegar rang up for over thirty dollars.

The error was quickly noticed and a correction was made; however, the lady was no longer smiling or relaxed. She was now watching as each item was scanned into the system, making sure that every item was being charged correctly. Trust was lost. That one error caused her to no longer believe that she would receive the proper price for the items she was purchasing.

I’m not telling you this because of some vinegar that did not come up properly, but to show you how easily trust can be lost. We each have something called moral authority, and it is something that can quickly be lost if we are not careful. If we are not positively representing Christ, we are providing people with something else which could turn them away from Christ. If we are telling people the Truth but not living by it, people will respond to that discrepancy. The word “hypocrite” will be said or thought. Keep this in mind as you go about your day—what are you showing people? Are you living what you are preaching?

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” –  1 Timothy 4:15-16 [NIV]

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