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Using Our Gifts for the LORD

“Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce;
Then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” – Proverbs 3: 9, 10

“We all have a certain amount of time allotted to us” is the title of an entry in my prayer journal for August 30th. I had overheard this statement on the radio that morning, and it was one of my first thoughts for the day. After reading Scripture, I then went on to pray that I might spend my allotted time wisely by investing in the kingdom of Heaven.

What are some of the ways to invest in the kingdom of Heaven? I think prayer is one of the best investments we can make. Oftentimes we find ourselves at the end of our ability to change circumstances or others whom we care about that need our help. And just as often, I have found that if I start with a prayer for a particular person or situation, the Lord will begin to work a change with me. I don’t know about you, but being used by the Lord to bless another person gives me a joy that is hard to contain. I find that when I come alongside another Christian to help carry their burden, mine suddenly becomes lighter as well.

Another way to invest in the Kingdom is by using our talents or spiritual gifts in Christian volunteer work. It is a blessing to help others, and we know the Lord will openly reward what we do in secret. We have hope we will hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

We all have at least one gift we can use for the advancement of God’s kingdom; and whether it is money, time or talent, I pray we will use it for the LORD. Spending our time in worldly pursuits and frivolous activities has no eternal value. We may have a new car, nice home, plenty of friends and all the latest inventions; but while pursuing vanities, we just might be missing the Lord’s blessing. Sadly, this is what I see happening to the American church. She has become prosperous, well-fed, finely clothed, and lost her effectiveness.

My hope and prayer is that the Church of Jesus Christ will arise and follow her King instead of the latest worldly trend. Instead of being more like the world to win souls, why not be different? Let’s make a bold statement by living a holy life, then our light will shine before men and they will wonder what it is we have that they do not. And when their worldly treasure begins to rust and decay, they will see that it is worthless, and we will have been a witness for the Gospel by living a holy life before them.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) – Amen.


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