October 3, 2017: SOAP #2861: Ezra 5-6; Psalm 138; Luke 16 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 16:9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever [...]

October 3, 2017: SOAP #2861: Ezra 5-6; Psalm 138; Luke 16

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 16:9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “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.  11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Observation:   These verses show a difference between 'worldly wealth' and 'true riches.'   'Worldly wealth' has great value if used correctly.   First; with it, we can gain friends with whom we will share eternity.   They may be our next-door neighbors in heaven.   Second; with 'worldly wealth' we demonstrate our integrity which will be the basis for receiving the 'true riches' of eternity.

Application:   I need to look at the dollars in my pocket and in my bank account as play money.   With it I am learning value.   I am learning how to use value to make eternal friends.   I am demonstrating my integrity.   I am learning to trust God as I obey.   I bring Him joy as I use money as He commands.   Soon I will leave all the 'play money' behind to receive the 'true riches' I have sent ahead.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, how I use money is a major part of my Christian life.   It provides practical opportunity to demonstrate my obedience to your Lordship.   How I use money proves my faith in your provision.   I can use money to bless the people you love.   It gives me great opportunity to make you smile.  Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!