BIBLE READING: 1 Tim. 6: 17 - 19 17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
What does this passage mean to you?
BLOG: This week, during our giving talk in service, the word "guarantee" was used. We love guarantees like money-back guarantees, guarantee of payment, guarantees of warranty, and guarantees that the job will be done.
1 John 2:5 But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
A guarantee is your word. We've all been taught, "If you make a promise, keep it." I know that we have all failed at this. We forget or overschedule ourselves, and most people forgive the occasional misstep.
But more often than not, I see people break their word without regard to the consequences. It's sad but true. How can you keep your word?
VALUE OTHERS MORE THAN YOURSELF. This one is tricky. It isn't about what you think people are saying about you - it's about how much you value their friendship and support.
DON'T LIE TO YOURSELF. "No" is a word we should use more often. We don't like disappointing people so we tend to agree to things we cannot do. Be honest and try to work through a solution.
MAKE INTEGRITY THE GOAL. Integrity is the state of being whole and undivided. The idea is that what you do matches what you say. Perfection isn't the goal here - consistency is.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to keep my word to others today. AMEN