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Saturday, June 4, 2011, 05:06 AM
"Unlocking God's Storehouse"
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (Mal 3:10 NKJ). 2 Cor 12:15 "And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved." Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you" (NKJ).
Prioritizing of time is necessary for the believer to fully satisfy our Lord. We must learn the habit of placing Heavenly duties above earthly ones. The Apostle Paul writes, "But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away" (1 Cor 7:29-31 NKJ). Now the Apostle is not advocating abuse, or neglect, in the home but rather trying to instill a sense of urgency in live of the believers. The message is even more critical today - two thousand years later. In verses 32 and 33 of that same chapter, Paul further encourages young men not to marry in order that they may more fully give themselves to the ministry. Recently, several young men in my community who frequently visited our home gained the attention of some young ladies, and now, they are not to be found.
Perhaps, we need to give attention as to how we spend our time as well. It cannot be over emphasized the importance of living a life above reproach in the community. We are Christ's representatives here on this earth. When we fail God, we are telling the world that God condones
our motives and actions. We directly bring a slander on the name and character of God. Col 4:5 "Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time (NKJ).
Many godly people started out fearing God only to have lost their vision of who He is. This led to their loss of credibility, which is something that may never be restored. I believe that we have so little time left till Jesus returns, that we cannot afford to waste time rebuilding reputations, when there are so many people who have never been personally introduced to our Savior.