Boasting in Knowing Him

Jeremiah 9:24   (KJV)   24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Glorying or boasting is good if glorying is in the right thing. Having a true saving knowledge of, experience with, and understanding of God are right reasons to glory—Jeremiah 9.24 - Boasting in Knowing Himknowing His nature, His power, His ways, His will.

The more we know Him, the more we see how wonderful He really is. For Him to lovingly and graciously invite us to drink of the free Living Water, He knows that when we do, we get to taste and see how good He really is, that He really is the One we need and we’ve been looking for. He’s the only one Who really satisfies our deepest hunger and thirst. He really is the answer to the greatest longing of our souls.

Others run after this world and its seemingly grand offers. They pursue more and more money. They strive hard to share in the 15 minutes of fame—of increased power and influence. They continually look for new things that will satisfy the cravings of their tongues and stomachs, or other people and things that will satisfy their flesh. But those are not things we glory in—not temporal things that will eventually just get burned up.

What we have extends beyond the reaches of matter, time, and space. Who we have and what we have are infinitely worth more than anything and anyone. He’s incomparable, immeasurable, incalculable, and incomprehensible. That’s why we worship Him alone. No volumes of books are enough to accommodate everything that can be written about Him. No amount of words can be used to fully describe the joys and blessings of having a saving knowledge, personal relationship, and very close intimacy with such a magnificent Being.

 

Godly Money

luke-16-9-godly-moneyLuke 16:9   (KJV)   And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

Some people say, “Money is the root of all evil,” but it’s a well-known truth among believers that that saying is inaccurate. The Bible’s rendition is, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Clearly there are many people who use money in very ungodly ways, but equally true is that there are very godly uses for them as well. In fact, our precious Lord Jesus encourages us to do that: use them extremely wisely; use them in a manner that they will yield eternal benefits.

Heaven—eternal life can never be bought, and that’s really good; not one of us can afford it. This doesn’t preclude our handling of finances from good stewardship and accountability; we’re going to answer for how wisely or unwisely we manage them. The tone of the passage seems very serious. Surface reading may suggest loss of eternal dwelling—heaven—as a result of failure to make friends through them. But this isn’t so. Our full dependence and surrender to Jesus as our Lord and Savior is the only basis whether or not we are welcomed into the eternal presence of our Father.

This is a call to believers. True believers use their hard-earned income for God and His Kingdom; doing so is a joy and wisdom for us. We know: one of their greatest uses is as instruments in building relationships. No, we don’t pay for friendship, but we need to spend for gas, food, phone, and a lot of other stuff for us to bond with others. Our intention to be a friend is sincere, at the same time, we deeply desire that all of our friends be saved. This is one of the ways finances matter eternally. Yes, we invest this often-seen-as-devil’s-instrument for heavenly purposes.

Blessing for Blessing

2 Corinthians 9:14  (KJV)   14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

Generosity attracts. It attracts good responses; it attracts good things. People are naturally inclined to be deeply grateful to those who invest in them. They feel “indebted.” They desire to return the favor and do good to those who bless them. In  a sense the “giver” becomes a “receiver.”

We don’t lose anything when we give. If we understand this, we will be givers. As sowing and reaping is a natural principle, so it is also a Biblical one. We reap what we sow. In fact, we reap much more than what we sow. Yes, with the same measure we use it’s also measured back to us. Whatever seed we plant, that’s the kind of harvest we have. But the great truth about giving to the Lord and giving to the Kingdom is not only that we reap 30, 60, or a hundredfold of the same kind; we reap above and beyond the same kind. We may be giving our financial resources, but we’re receiving more blessings than finances. One of those awesome blessings: people who experience our generosity get to “long after” or “yearn for’ us. There’s an increased affection and closeness from the recipients of our gifts. And to some, that’s way more than financial harvest.

Our most gracious and generous Father, please give us wisdom that we may approach this truth with godly balance. Please help us that our pursuit will be on lovingly giving to Your Kingdom work and to others. We also believe what Your Words say about the blessings that flow from it. May it never be our ambition to feed any kind of greed by emptying others of their resources, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.