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The Wealth of this World

Command those who are rich in this present age
not to be haughty,
nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God,
who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Let them do good,
that they be rich in good works,
ready to give,
willing to share,

storing up for themselves
a good foundation for the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life.

(1 Timothy 6:17-19)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for leaving Your throne, for coming down to live among us, for teaching us all things, for reaching out toward us, for healing us, for dying on the cross for our sins, for making a way for us to get to heaven, and for sending us the Comforter who will guide us in this world. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we fail to focus on the treasures of Your Kingdom. Give us wisdom to see that all the world will perish, but You remain. Everything in this world will wax old like a garment, which You will fold up, and it will be changed. But You are the same today and forever. We praise You, LORD. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Nothing is more uncertain than the wealth of this world;
many have had much of it one day and been stripped of all the next.

(Matthew Henry)

Context. Context. Context.

Did your pastor ever say that? If so, he surely did so to warn you of the danger of isolating and quoting verses “out of their context.” Why? Because this can easily turn into a misreading and misunderstanding of Scripture.

Let’s take verse 17 of today’s verses for an example. If we isolate it and therefore take it out of context, we might come to a conclusion like,

God gives us everything (all things) we ask for, and/or
God gives us wealth for ourselves to enjoy.

How about the next verse? Does it suggest that we should store up riches for ourselves? Does it tell us to have a good foundation built on things that serve as securities for the time to come? If the verse ended there, yes, but it does not. The wealthy Christians are told to “lay hold on eternal life.”

There is nothing wrong with being rich and receiving wealth in this world. It is important to remember, though, to always keep the right focus. How? We will find out in the next blog post.

Be rich in good works, ready to give, and willing to share today.

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Daily Chores and Dirty Dishes

Where no oxen are, the trough is clean;
But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

(Proverbs 14:4)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for providing so richly for us. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we grumble. Reach out, precious Jesus. Change our minds for good, and touch our hearts and lives. Make us joyful, O LORD, and help us to do our daily jobs cheerfully and for You and not for man. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Delight In Housework?

One woman will call working at home a blessing, while another one will hate it. There is the one who makes the effort to seek fine ingredients and materials, buys them, and transfers them into beautiful and tasty things. She will not only willingly work with her hands (see Proverbs 31:13 NKJV), but she does so with delight. 

What comes to your mind while you are looking at today’s daily dishes piling up in your kitchen? The work ahead of you? Do your thoughts revolve around the time you will have to invest? Will you see beyond the effort needed to rinse and wash the dishes (or load and unload the dishwasher) and be able to willingly think of gratefulness? 

Are you serious? Thankful while cleaning dirty dishes? Yes! As Jay E. Adams mentions in his book Christian Living in the Home, we can choose to be “thankful for the food that dirties the dishes.” 

Wow! Have you ever seen dirty dishes in that kind of light? 

Are you a young mother? How many dirty diapers do you have to change daily? Do you delight in changing them? Hm… Honestly? What about the creative writings on your wall or the drawings on your freshly cleaned carpet? How about the dirty fingerprints on the sparkling white handrail? 

Let’s get back to today’s verse:

Where no oxen are, the trough is clean;
But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

(Proverbs 14:4)

Hardly any of you will still have a stable and keep an ox in today’s world. So what does this verse have to do with the stay at home mom or homemaker? Let me explain…  

Whenever I’m reading this verse, I’m thinking of how easy it can be to keep a house clean if there are no more small children, no more husband, and no other person living alongside myself. Would I, would you want that, though? 

Praise the LORD for giving you
a family,
a home,
and the strength to look after them today. 

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Light

Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:16)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You are the Light that came down into this dark world. You are the Light who is light to our path. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we want to have it our own way and therefore continue to walk in darkness. Open our eyes, LORD Jesus, and help us to see. Give us a hunger for  the Bread of Heaven, and let us taste and see that Your Word is good. Bless us, precious LORD, we ask, and let our delight be in You. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

Have you ever walked into a dark room while trying to find your way around? Perhaps you even knew the room before walking into it, but you still had trouble finding your place. This happened to me yesterday. I stretched out my arms in search for things while worrying that I might bump into anything. And I thought I knew that room by heart… 

After you read today’s verse, what came to your mind? Did you think about who or what your light is? Or did it trigger any idea/s about good works? How many times do we read verses like this one, giving more thought to “our light” and “our good works” instead of thinking about the target that they should aim for?

Ouch!

We need to let our light shine in a way so that it will point others to the “true Light” which gave us our light (John 1:9). We are created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10), and these works, wherever and whenever they happen and/or are mentioned by others, have to glorify our Father in heaven. 

Let your light shine that others may see your good works and glorify God today.

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