Are you wise in Jesus’ eyes? Part II (Mt 7:24-27)

March 9, 2009

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  25″And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  26″Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  27″The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

Obedience reaps eternal rewards in the Kingdom life

Obedience reaps eternal rewards in the Kingdom life

Please read the first post on the Sermon on the Mount because it’s important that you know we are not talking about getting into Heaven after you die. That is through a true heartfelt belief in Jesus and He gives that grace quite easily. Jesus is talking about deeper things here as we began discussing Friday…of living a life now that counts eternally. Yesterday we showed that most of what we do here in this world, we will not even remember for the rest of our eternal lives. So we have the choice of living a life that counts now, or wasting away this time and receiving no eternal value for the time spent here. As we study Matthew, I’m not typically going to bring in a lot of other scripture, but since Jesus is using such a simple parable here to describe the meaning of life, I want to bring in a few other sources.

In the parable above, Jesus tells us that we are foolish if we do not use our life now on eternal matters because everything else will be washed away. Read the rest of this entry »

Are you willing to give your life to Jesus? Part II (Mt 7:21-23)

March 5, 2009

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.‘” (Matthew 7:21-23-continued)

The Freedom of Giving It All to Him

The Freedom of Giving It All to Him

Please read Part I from yesterday where this scripture was introduced. Jesus is saying that we might do many good deeds, but that is NOT what gets us into His Kingdom. His example is difficult for most of us in the US because most of us have never uttered a prophetic word, cast out a demon, laid hands on others and seen God heal, or do some creative miracle. Even if you’re in a good “charismatic” church where these things happen, you might not be doing these things in your life. (For the record, I don’t attend a church that would be considered “charismatic” but I do know very well that these things of the Bible are true and real. I’ve seen these things many times.)

Jesus’ point in saying this is that if you were going around practicing these supernatural gifts, you might feel very confident that you are a very godly person, but that in fact, you might have taken His gift and moved off in your own direction with them, serving your own desires and interests and not submitting your life to Him. There is a greater spiritual reality than simply practicing gifts. Knowing God and living in constant communion with and obedience to Him is the greatest calling, the life He calls us to, and something easy to get away from.

I think an example that might be a lot more common today would be if you are off doing good deeds. Good service projects. Doing exactly what we are called to do…helping the poor, widows, and orphans, but making this your idol. If you are doing these things and He is not calling you to them, then you might be in direct opposition to God’s will for your life. You might not. If you decide to go help the needy on a Friday night instead of going to a movie, I can’t see how that would offend God. In this case, you’re not doing the service when He is instead calling you somewhere else.

However, it is becoming more and more popular today to make the Gospel all about serving others. This is not the Gospel! The Gospel is about the life, death, and new life available in Jesus the Messiah. Yes, when you have this new life, you will be called to help others, but the Kingdom is in knowing and following Him! Read the rest of this entry »

Where From Here? Its Up to You – Stage 7

December 30, 2008

The people that work their way through the Kingdom Calling Process vary widely. Sure, they share a belief in Christ as our Savior, and a responsibility to live their lives as God would have them. But our clients come from different backgrounds, have differing financial resources, take varying amounts of time to go through our process. And, of course, each has a different path they need to follow.

Yet at the end of our process, most will have become the steward of their finances that we all set out to make them. Most will have achieved a level of financial success and freedom – in dollars and ability to put them to work – they would have never thought possible. Read the rest of this entry »

More on “The Plan”

December 18, 2008

As I mentioned, the first of the seven stages of the process to financial stewardship is understanding the right plan or general thinking about your finances.

The key to remember: we(like banks and other financial institutions) need to focus on now rather than hoarding for “someday”.   When we are focused on cash flow, everything that we are stewarding is focused on now.  We are able to react immediately in any way that God calls us.  If He calls us to give a large amount of money to some person, charity, or cause, we have the cash flow to put towards this.  We are not stuck in the position that most find themselves of feeling like they have to dig into their hoarded wealth, afraid that by giving it away they will not have enough.  Read the rest of this entry »

Real Prosperity – Part 1

December 9, 2008

What does wealth mean to you?  Often, people have very different answers when I pose that question.

Is wealth only financial to you?  Or is it also spiritual?  Perhaps its also social, physical, and mental.

Which is the least important area? Read the rest of this entry »