Use What You Have For God!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

As Christians, we are given a life-long assignment which is described in 2 Cor. 5:19 that says, “And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others.”

God’s Word also teaches us that we should all use our God-given gifts and abilities to not only help people to come to know Jesus, but to also serve others in His behalf. The Apostle Paul in speaking to people that have financial affluence wrote: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (1 Tim 6:17-19)

Paul teaches the affluent that when they are using their gift of financial affluence that God has given them to help promote the gospel and as a means to build the church, they are serving God and others and building a reward – “Laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

This exhortation isn’t just to financially affluent people. This truth and exhortation is for all Christians at all times. When we use whatever God has given us in gifts, talents, and abilities to serve others from a pure heart and motivation of love, will be building our future – “a firm foundation in the coming age.” We do have another life to live in the world to come. It sincerely will be the life God intended for us to have – without the sin, curse, and defilement that sin has brought to this world. When we help others know Jesus and when we serve them, we lay up rewards for the next life. We also help them come to really know what life on earth here is about – the love of Jesus to redeem mankind – “…that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Never give up serving God and reaching others with His love. It is “…taking hold of the life that truly is life.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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