December 21, 2017 Zechariah 1-3; Luke 16

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Small Things | Kim Chipman

S~ Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10 (NIV)

O~ This verse has been front and center in my heart lately.

A~ I feel like I’m not being diligent enough in the small things. Like I have time wasted, mind distracted…not as intentional and focused as I’d like to be. I need and want to be more diligent and disciplined in the small things. I realize how valuable time is and I don’t want to waste it. I want to be more intentional.

P~ Lord help! I need You. I can’t do this alone. I love You!

True Riches | Tara Wiley

S~ If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? Luke 16:11 (NIV)

O~ God is speaking to a group of religious leaders ‘who loved money.’ The chapter begins with the example of a person who is shrewd with money, using it to influence others, ad ends with the story of extreme contrasts – the hyper-wealthy and the beggar covered in sores who had nothing (The two’s lots were reversed in the afterlife).

A/P~ So it’s a question, isn’t it, of who serves whom – who rules whom. And of recognizing that the temporary rewards of wealth on earth are nothing when compared to eternity. It makes me think of Paul saying, “Therefore I am well content with…distresses…difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) It’s a matter of perspective, and of honoring God in all circumstances, including financial circumstances.

I’m setting goals and dreaming big, both in ministry and in how I can contribute financially when Mo’s income dramatically decreases this coming year as he follows Your lead into a new career. But I don’t want financial need nor success to rule over me! I want to be entrusted with great spiritual riches – but I recognize my need to get my financial house in order. So, Lord, I give it all to you and ask for Your help. Show Mo and me what we need to do, how to handle money rather than letting it handle us. Lord, I’m looking forward to Your blessing and I keep seeing it unfolding before me – I am anticipating great things! Bless me, Lord, with treasure in heaven and a healthy handle on the abundance You’ve given us here on earth.

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