In Touch - Sept. 12, 2007
In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
September 12, 2007 – Our Treasure – 1 John 2:15-17
God owns our treasure, regardless of what we consider “valuables.” Material goods, talents, and time actually all belong to Him. Our responsibility is to manage and wisely invest whatever treasure He provides.
And we are to help meet our own needs by using whatever the Lord provides from His unlimited “storehouse.” For example, Philippians 4:19 tells us, “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Some people interpret this as license to wait idly upon the Lord. But Scripture also speaks of laboring for six days and resting on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:9-10). Many of our basic needs are met through a job, so it’s wise to invest our time and talents in gainful employment.
Furthermore, the Lord wants us to use our resources to aid others, whether their poverty is financial, spiritual, or emotional. The best way to be helpful is by promoting God’s work in our community and around the world. Jesus commanded that His followers preach the gospel and disciple newer believers. A portion of our time, talent, and money should be devoted to reaching the lost, because there is simply no greater need. The Lord’s work also includes seeing that bodies are clothed, stomachs are full, and hearts are mended— these, too, are worthy biblical causes.
God’s resources do not belong to us. The treasures He places in our hands should be held lightly and invested wisely. To be good managers of what the Lord has given to us, we must be willing to give easily.
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