Ephesians 1:19-21, “These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (NASB)
We often forget just how great and powerful Jesus really is. We decaffeinate the magnitude of what it means to sit at the right hand of God, as if He is second in command or some assistant coach. But Jesus isn’t sitting in a press box coordinating our lives play by play. He is not sequestered in some control room making things happen behind the scenes. No, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords reigning supremely above all things. The right hand of God is the utmost position of authority; there’s nothing or no one greater than He. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and end, the Almighty Sovereign Living God.
In this post-election season, there’s a lot of discussion about the President of the United States being the most powerful person on the planet…with access to the nuclear codes…and so on. But—and it’s a big but—as important as he is, the President’s power can’t even hold a candle to the God of the universe. You want to talk power? Power is the ability to give sight to the blind and make the lame walk. Power is the ability to calm a raging sea. Power is the ability to speak the world into existence and make the dead rise. So no matter if we are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a high-powered attorney, a teacher, or a janitor, if we love Jesus and surrender to His ultimate authority we are all VIPs in His sight. Why? Because He chose us to demonstrate what His power looks like in practice. We’ve been called to live a life of obedience and purpose as His mighty power is at work within us, enabling us to make a difference everywhere we go to the praise and glory of God.
Pray for our country in this time of transition. And give thanks to God for His ultimate authority on earth and in heaven.
Ask yourself the following questions and journal each response: Am I growing in Christ? Am I tapping into God’s power and relying on His truth? Am I willing to step out of my comfort zone and take a leap of faith? Do my words and actions reflect Christ? Am I living in a way that’s worthy of my calling?
I Timothy 6:18, "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share".
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life".
Imagine if we only had what we thanked God for. We can't! It's unfathomable to even scratch the surface of just how generous our great God really is. No one can out give God, because He is the very essence of generosity. Our entire faith is founded upon the fact that He sent His only Son to die a terrible death for us to receive an eternal inheritance in heaven. In today's verse, Paul is instructing Timothy to not only encourage generosity, but to command it. So, as Christ followers striving to emulate Him in every way, generosity should always be in our hearts and minds, because it's not just something we do, it's a way of life.
The late great evangelist, Charles Spurgeon, said, "Giving is true having". What a wonderful thought as we kick off the Christmas season. Everyone—believers and non-believers alike—is far more generous at this time of year. So as we approach the celebration of our Savior's birth, let us consider giving above and beyond by serving, sharing, and sowing into the only thing Jesus ever built—the local church. And remember, God loves a cheerful giver.
Thank God for things you might usually forget to thank Him for. Then ask Him to place on your heart a specific act of generosity.
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“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” - 1 Timothy 6:17
Let’s dream big for a moment. What would we do if we became wealthy? The common answers would be to enjoy it by buying big houses, expensive cars and travelling the world. Others may respond with responsible answers like paying off debt and giving to their church. All of these are great ideas. We should be able to enjoy the wealth that we are blessed with while being responsible with it also. It’s interesting to think about being in that “1%” as they are known. Who can say if they will ever be part of such an elite group? But what if you already are?
Typically we think of people with several million or even billions of dollars as those in this elite 1% category. However, it may be surprising to find out that the median global income is $9,700 a year. And according to the Global Rich List, an income of $32,400 per year is in the global 1% of wage earners. There is a sudden perspective change knowing this information. We don’t think of “that category” as the characteristic selfish, prideful and strange any longer because many of us are suddenly in the 1% category.
Now that many of us can actually say “Call Me Wealthy” and mean it, we should take a moment to consider an important question – is our hope based in the wealth we have or on our faith and trust in God? Does the management of our wealth reflect a healthy tension between being responsible with our wealth and enjoying our wealth? God has commanded us to be responsible for what He has given us so that we can enjoy what He has given us.
Thank God for everything that He has been so generous in giving you. Ask Him to help you be a good steward of this wealth and guide you in the management of it. Ask Him also to help you be generous.
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