Day 15: Friday, March 18
Second Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus with a Secure Identity”
Today’s Truth that Transforms:
“Invest Your riches in Christ”
Scripture from 2 Corinthians 9
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Cor 9)
How are we “Transformed in Christ” and shaped to be more like Him?
Someone once advised, “If you want to see what someone really values, check their credit card statement or bank account.” In other words, how we spend money indicates our values. But how we invest money in kingdom matters doesn’t just indicate our values, it helps us create values. We value more and more how God can use our lives for His purposes. It has kingdom return which is one of the highest returns on investments we can have. We become freed from some of our selfishness and false notions that by just having more things we will have more happiness or more freedom. Nonsense. We can invest our material and emotional riches in Christ and experience an abundance in kingdom return! This is the joy of serving Him.
How do you see this “Truth that Transforms” working in your life?
The following is an application story written by Patrick & Joyce Pierce. After you read it, ask yourself the same question. “How do I see this ‘Truth that Transforms’ working in my life?
God has blessed all of us in America, and especially at King of Kings, with riches. We are all rich in money, possessions, talents, and time. God is calling each one of us to “Go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all of God’s commands.” Joyce and I are not called to move to a foreign country as missionaries, and chances are you aren’t either. So, we had to find what “Go” in Jesus’ great command meant for us. Each one of us must “Go” in our own way utilizing the riches that we have. Jesus didn’t say in his Great Command, some of you go, or whoever and whenever you feel like it “Go.” No, Jesus wants us to understand the importance of God’s Great Command when he started by saying, “All authority in heaven and earth” is how important this is.
We have found what our “Go” is. and we are being faithful to do our “Go.” One of the factors we have found about our “Go” is it is uncomfortable and pushes our boundaries. As we struggle to continue our “Go” commitment to Jesus, our spirits and life together are lifted and blessed. It isn’t just feeling comfort, it’s being thrilled with what our “Go” is accomplishing for God.
What is your “Go” for God? How are you pushing your boundaries of comfort for your “Go and make disciples?” Each of us is rich just because of the training, skills, possessions, and money that we have by being blessed here in the heartland of America. None of us has an excuse that we can give Jesus when we stand before him as to why we didn’t participate in his Great Command to “Go.”