THEME: CHRIST OUR FOUNDATION
1 Timothy 6:17-19
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
-Good works driven by compassion lay for us a good foundation for eternal life. Jesus reveals His judgement criteria in Matthew 25:31-46. He will separate the goats from the sheep and will give the sheep; the right to eternal life. The sheep will be put on the right and the goats on the left according to each ones works. Because the sheep fed the hungry and thirsty, provided accommodation for the homeless, gave clothing to the naked, visited the sick and the imprisoned, they will inherit the kingdom of heaven but the goats who did none of these works will be condemned to eternal fire. In the story of Lazarus and the rich man, the rich man was not condemned because he broke the Ten Commandments, but because he never provided for Lazarus’s needs (Luke 16:19-31). The rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-22 inquired of the Lord what he would do to gain eternal life. Jesus told him to keep His commandments which he claimed to have done from his youth. Jesus then instructed him to sell his possessions and give to the poor thus gaining heavenly treasures. It is therefore key to notice that when we give to the poor, we store up our treasures in heaven where there is no moth nor rust, theft nor any form of destruction unlike earthly wealth which is fleeting. When do good works and give to the poor, we do it for ourselves.
Lord You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, none can be compared to You. You are our everlasting King and Almighty Father, we worship You and give all the praise and adoration. Grant us hearts of compassion so that we may give to the poor for the sake of Your kingdom. Teach us how to do good works as we store up our treasure in heaven where there is no moth nor rust, thieves nor destruction, so that we may forever dwell with You. Train our hearts Holy Spirit to lay a good foundation for the time to come. Be with all those who are sick and suffering, those who are in prison and those who lack the basic needs, that You may visit them at their points of need Lord. We are Your disciples Jesus, use us for the furtherance of Your kingdom. Bless us indeed and expand our territories for You are our gracious Father. Help us to bear much fruit according to Your great glory. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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