07 Mar Commitment And Conviction 2
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In the previous edition on the subject of Commitment and Conviction we have examined two endowments by God, Time and Talents. Today we will be looking at the last endowment, Treasures. Check the archive at www.thepilgrimsarcade.org to read more on previous editions.
Treasures refer to money, fortunes, riches, wealth, gold, silver, possession etc. A man’s treasure occupies the central page of his life, hence the Lord Jesus said in Luke 12:34 “for where the treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
We need to emphasize here that God is the owner of all things. “The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). We come to this world with nothing and will leave at the end of our sojourn on earth with nothing.
It is in acknowledgment of this that made King David to say “Blessed be God who daily loads us with benefits”. God, without any prejudice channels His wealth through His faithful and wise servants. He desires that the wealth given to a man be used for the good of all. You are expected to take care of your family, the poor or the needy, and for the kingdom of God.
Ownership of all things belongs to God, we are only stewards. All that we own is on loan to us.
There is no such thing as self-made man; who we are and who we ever become is from God. The greatest tragedy in life as illustrated in the parable of “the rich fool “(Luke 12:16) is to forget that all things are from God and become obsessed with life’s possession.
The Lord warned the children of Israel, not to think in their heart that their power and might of their hand has gotten them their wealth (paraphrased Deut. 8:17) but to think soberly in this way,” And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is the Lord your God that gives you power to get wealth….(Deut.8:18).
It is possible for us to believe this truth in theory but deny it in practice. Some areas of our lives are harder to yield to God than others. For many of us the financial area of our lives is one of the hardest. To give it over, we must stop trusting in money and life possession and in our ability to generate more and recognize God as the Source and Sustainer.
The rich fool had many cookies, he thought they were all for him. “This is what I’ll do, says the rich fool. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones and there I will store all my grain and my goods”. In the midnight the owner came for his soul. His sin: he was not rich towards his benefactor, God and other less privileged.
Being rich towards God begins with giving to God that which He desires most of all. And what He desire most from you is you, your heart and devotion, He desires us. And as we offer ourselves to Him he blesses us more abundantly. Our lives overflow with His blessings. We become a channel of blessing to our generation and the next.
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.
Lord, I thank you for the gift of life, and all that you put in my care.