What legacy do we want to leave? Are we heroes of the faith? Let’s be remembered for our faith, courage, and love for Jesus.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
If we were to act on these verses, what would it look like? It would look like we were “testing God” to a certain extent. And, you know what: It would be true! Yet, here is what God says to us about our faith:
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
How about this verse:
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. Luke 16:10.
Ah, but there’s a catch:
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48b
We in America have been given great wealth. All we need to do is study history and we will see that our generation is the wealthiest in America’s history. If we look at the other countries of the world, we will see that we as a people are far wealthier than 90% of the population. Yet, the people around us are starving for spiritual food. They are being fed “food” that is NOT nutritious for their spirits:
- Our phones in and of themselves are not bad, but the time we waste on them is;
- We are, generally speaking, dependent upon expressing our opinion;
- Likewise, we are hooked on TV in that we watch more television than we do reading;
- Our food has been tainted by the food industry: we are hooked on flavor instead of nutrition, convenience rather than responsibly cooking it ourselves;
- Even though we have more free time than any generation before us, we are overweight and use our time frivolously.
What does Jesus want from us as a generation? Let’s look at God’s Word and see:
2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2
If we are to enter the harvest, what shall we face? What does that field look like?
- It’s a spiritual battle. Evil is invading every area of society.
- We will lose this world. It’s a given. Look at 2 Peter 3:10. Instead, “we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” v.13
- The battle will grow intense as the Day of Christ’s return draws near. To the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, Jesus said, “To the one who is victorious…” 2:7, 11,17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21. We must stand firm.
We have this promise:
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
What more could we ask? Let’s be about the Father’s business. There are people to reach for Christ, so let’s use every available asset to reach them!
Abba, I include myself in this exhortation. I want to “go out in a blaze of glory,” one that honors You and brings many to Christ–or, at least, witnesses to them. Their decision is their own. My responsibility, my desire, is to exalt You in all I do. Use me, LORD Jesus, to be a prayer warrior for the lost, including Israel and the Muslim countries, and to be an ambassador to all around me. Amen.