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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Unadorned Values

Looking over your schedule and priorities for this past month, what would you say is your ambition in life? Is that what you want to be? How do your ambitions compare with Paul's in terms of clarity? Value? Concern for God's Kingdom? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1584).

Some weeks ago Pastor David Miller asked us for the next week to write down in a journal our daily spending.  I have been doing so since his suggestion.  It is a an eye-opener what I spend daily on personal indulgences.  It can't help but raise the question, am I a blatant materialist who is searching for ultimate value in things rather than enriching relationships?  It necessarily brings to mind this Scripture from Matthew:

Matthew 25:41-46 (NIV)

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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