THEME: FAITHFULNESS TO GOD
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.””
-Jesus spoke a parable about faithfulness with money. The Pharisees loved money at some point they handled temple business and Jesus dismissed them saying, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:13). Jesus told this parable about a servant who dealt shrewdly when confronted by loss of his job. He went to his masters creditors and reduced their debt obligations. His master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly saying “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:8-9). We note that faithfulness in money is a key to enter God’s eternal kingdom. God requires us to be faithful in little things, the unrighteous mammon, other peoples property and be diligent stewards. Abraham was faithful with money and when he rescued Lot, he gave a tenth of all he had to Melchizedek the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God (Genesis 14:18-20). When he was tempted to acquire wealth from the king of Sodom, Abraham refused sighting reasons that he might say that he made him rich. Through this he acknowledged that all wealth belongs to God and we know that God blessed him exceedingly. When the Pharisees asked who Jesus did not pay tax, he said to them, “give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” (Mark 12:17). In an art shell Jesus taught that everything belongs to God and we should honor God with our wealth for He is the giver of all things. Faithfulness with money is key in our Christian lives and we should honor God with our wealth by being dependable of other peoples wealth, give tithes and offering, paying taxes, do works of helps and acknowledge that all wealth belongs to God.
Lord You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, all glory and honor belongs to You. You are the Creator of the world and all things that are in it, we praise You and glorify Your holy name. Wealth and riches are in Your house Lord, Your righteousness endures forever. You make poor and rich Almighty Father, You bring low and You exalt, all glory and strength belongs to You. Thank You for blessing us and sustaining us even during this period of COVID-19. We humbly implore You to give us the power Lord to make wealth, that You may confirm Your covenant which You swore to our father Abraham. Open up our economy Jesus so that we may prosper, continue to prosper and be more prosperous like Your servant Isaac. Help us to be faithful with that which You have given us, Your faithfulness endures forever. Help us to be faithful stewards and to always do Your will. Give our leaders wisdom to be faithful in what You have given to Your people and deliver us from corruption, Your love endures forever. Help us to always be grateful and content with what we have given us, all wealth and riches belongs to You Lord. All glory, honor, power, riches and wealth belongs to You Lord, now and forever. Amen
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