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Lead Pastor John Hampton’s teaching series for the month of November is about handling money, and is called, “Live To Give.” Giving is central to the nature of God, the mission of Jesus, and in shaping the heart of Jesus’ followers. This series is not about having the right insurance, as much as the right assurance; not about securities, but about security; not about trusts, but about trust; not about growing your principal, but about understanding and applying God’s principles.
Pastor John has also written this accompanying 30-Day Live To Give Daily Devotional Guide to supplement the weekend messages.
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- Live to Give Devotionals
- Live to Give – Oct 31
- Live to Give – Nov 1
- Live to Give – Nov 2
- Live to Give – Nov 3
- Live to Give – Nov 4 Am I taking a long-term approach with regard to money and possessions?
- Live to Give – Nov 5
- Live to Give – Nov 6
- Live to Give – Nov 7
- Live to Give – Nov 8
- Live to Give – Nov 9
- Live to Give – Nov 10
- Live to Give – Nov 11
- Live to Give – Nov 12
- Live to Give – Nov 13
- Live to Give – Nov 14
- Live to Give – Nov 15
- Live to Give – Nov 16
- Live to Give – Nov 17
- Live to Give – Nov 18
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20
- Live to Give – Nov 21
- Live to Give – Nov 22
- Live to Give – Nov 23
- Live to Give – Nov 24
- Live to Give – Nov 25
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27
- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Wednesday-November 4 | Daily Devotional 5
The world asks, “What does a person own?” God asks, “How does a person use what he or she has been given?” Anonymous
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
1 Timothy 6:17-19
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.
Imagine that you are alive at the end of the Civil War. You’re living in the South, but you are a Northerner and you plan to move back home as soon as the war is over. While in the South, you’ve accumulated lots of Confederate currency. Now suppose you knew for a fact that the North was going to win the war and the end was near. What would you do with all your Confederate currency?
If you’re smart, there’s only one answer. You immediately cash in your Confederate currency for US currency, the only money that will have value once the war is over. You would keep only enough Confederate currency to meet your short-term needs.
As a Christian, you have inside information of an eventual worldwide upheaval caused by Christ’s return. This is the ultimate insider trading tip: earth’s currency will become worthless when Jesus Christ returns or when you die, whichever comes first. (And either could happen at any minute.)
When investment experts known as “market timers” read signs that mean the stock market is about to take a downward turn, they recommend switching funds immediately into more dependable vehicles such as money markets, treasury bills, or certificates of deposit.
Jesus functions as the foremost “market timer.” He tells us, once and for all, to switch investment vehicles. Because He is coming soon, He instructs us to transfer our treasure from earth–which is volatile and ready to take a permanent dive at any moment–to heaven–which is totally dependable, insured by God Himself.
There’s nothing wrong with Confederate money as long as you understand its limitations. Realizing its value is temporary should radically affect your investment strategy. To accumulate vast earthly treasures that you can’t possibly hold on to for the long term is equivalent to stockpiling Confederate money even though you know it’s about to become worthless.
Am I taking a long-term approach with regard to money and possessions? Am I thinking about how the money I have can impact God’s work a hundred years from now? A thousand years from now? A million years from now?
Father, I am so often short-sighted when it comes to finances. I so often am aware only of what is right in front me. God, help me to be able to look beyond the urgent and see what’s important. Give me a bigger vision than today or even tomorrow. Help me to lay a foundation for the coming age. Through Jesus I ask, Amen.