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Are you faithful in the ‘very little?’

Scripture reading for April 1st: Joshua 9-13, Luke 16

Luke 16:10-13 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Faithfulness is the first requirement of a good steward. Jesus said that what we have to manage here on earth is a test of our faithfulness and He considers all earthly wealth as ‘very little.’ Earthly wealth is also ‘unrighteous’ and fleeting. When we leave this earth, nothing will go with us. Scripture also teaches that the love of money is the root of all evil and this might be why Jesus called it ‘unrighteous.’ As a steward we actually serve God, Who owns it all. (The earth is the Lord’s!) The Pharisees were lovers of money and justified themselves concerning their use of it. Jesus reminded them that God knows all hearts and what we justify that’s sinful is an abomination in God’s sight. Not one person can serve both God and money!

Luke 16:14-15 “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the stewardship that you have given me. Forgive me for not always being faithful in the little. Help me to use the money and resources You give me to manage in ways that further Your kingdom. I realize that like the tribe of Levi, You are my priceless Inheritance, my Portion, and my eternal Reward!

Joshua 13:32-33 “These are the inheritances that Moses distributed in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan east of Jericho. But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance, just as He said to them.”

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Much land to possess!

Scripture reading for April 1st:  Joshua 9-13, Luke 16

Key Scriptures:  Luke 16:10-13 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  

Money is also a necessity of life to buy what we need.  It is not evil in itself.   Jesus taught His disciples that the “very little”, money, was a test for all men of their faithfulness.  Their honesty in dealing with money, their own and others, showed where their heart really was.  When money was the center and people spent all their time serving money and controlling it, they would not be right with God and could not serve Him.  He did not say it was hard to serve God and money, but it was impossible!  Choosing to put God at the center is possessing the ground of our heart.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, forgive me for trying at times to serve You and money.  In my old age, there is still much for me to possess of Your truth in my own soul.  Jesus Christ is Lord of all!   Money is “very little” but God is everything!

Joshua 13:1 “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.”

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Single-hearted serving!

Scripture reading for March 23rd:  Joshua 22-24, Judges 1, Luke 16

Key Scriptures: Luke 16:10-13  “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”

Jesus warned his disciples about the danger of compromise.  To be faithful servants of God requires a single focus.  You cannot serve God and place something else in His place, vying for your affection.  It is impossible!

Joshua 24:14-15  “”Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you well.  But as for me and my house, we will  serve the Lord.””

Prayer:  Lord, I choose again today to serve You Alone, to devote my life to You and love You.  Amen.

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