Little and Much

God is teaching us the meaning of life, and of all that we have.

~ MacLaren’s Expositions, Biblehub.com

God is our Heavenly Father. When we are young, our parents did not heap up riches and gold on us but rather increased our possessions and trust as we matured. It is a developmental process. God, our Father, often does the same, if we can be trusted with little and use it responsibly, then we can be trusted with much.

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. ~ Luke 16:10 NIV

The NKJV uses the terms faithful and unjust. Benson wrote- “If you make that use of your riches which I have been recommending, you shall be received into those everlasting habitations, where all the friends of goodness dwell, because, by your fidelity in managing the smallest trust of temporal advantages committed to your care, you show that you are capable of the much greater trust of spiritual and heavenly employments and enjoyments, things of a much higher nature. And he that is unjust in the least — He that useth these lowest gifts unfaithfully; is unjust also in much — Is likewise unfaithful in spiritual things.

In other words, if you do not use your riches, and power, and other temporal advantages, for the glory of God, and the good of your fellow- creatures, you shall be excluded from the abodes of the blessed, because, by behaving unfaithfully in the small trust committed to you now, you render yourselves both unworthy and incapable of a share in the everlasting inheritance.”

Whether we have more or less, we must be faithful with what we have, as wise stewards. Our witness is the love we bestow on others, how we illustrate the Fruit of The Spirit, care for those unable to care for themselves (especially the young, widows, and elderly), and how we forgive others.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. ~ Hebrews 6:10

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. ~ James 1:17,18

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. ~ 1 John 4:19-20

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. ~ James 2:14-17

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Scriptures – Biblegateway.com/Luke 16:10, NKJV; Biblestudytools.com/NIV

Resource – Biblehub.com/ MacLean Expositions; Benson Commentary

Listen, Think, Act

If we would take a moment to listen, think, and speak before we act in love, the world would be a much better place. Think and act as Christ did. Our motive should not be questioned, ’is he/she a child of Christ, or acting to gain acceptance by wearing the cloak of a Christian ambassador?’

We are 2.2 billion strong, let’s march forward as a proud people. Proud of our Father and what He represents to us (salvation), not proud of our carnality. The best of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God.

Now You Get It

Jonah and Gods command in context.

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In Jonah’s defense, what God called him to do was not as simple as the tasks we fall short of today. Please understand that the book of Jonah was written in a very hostile time. The City of Nineveh was where modern-day Iraq now sits. The task that God was calling Jonah to do was a very difficult task. God set the kingdoms up through David, then there was a division in the kingdoms. There was the northern kingdom, which was Israel and the southern kingdom, which was Judah. Jonah was a prophet of God, living in the northern kingdom, where all the kings were extremely evil. They were not doing godly things. In fact, they were “runaways” themselves. Jonah was a prophet of God in this very hostile and evil environment. His job description was to speak into people’s lives based on what God had told him to speak.

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Humanity’s Disease; God’s Cure

Read and share, being Christ-like requires discipline and obedience.

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By David
Ettinger

The Nature of Humanity
Humanity’s natural state is to oppose God. By nature, human beings want to go their own way and not have to submit to authority, especially that of the Creator.

Isaiah 53:6 sums this up well: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each
of us has turned to our own way.” Romans 8:7 confirms this: “The mind governed
by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do
so.”

Thankfully, God addresses humanity’s disease of disobedience by giving us
the rest of Isaiah 53:6 (emphasis added): “We all, like sheep, have gone
astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him [the Messiah] the iniquity of us all.”
Jesus is humanity’s salvation, or “cure.”

This theme (humanity’s disease, God’s cure) runs throughout the Bible,
but my…

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Rooted In Christ: Our Walk Is His Walk

Learning to walk with Christ is a process, never give up, never give in. He is looking for progress, not perfection. We all fall short of the glory of God.

~ Lisa Blair

When we become Christians we are rooted in spirit through Jesus Christ. We find shelter and rest in our relationship with Him and His Word. His Walk becomes our walk.

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Loving Like Christ

Let the Holy Spirit shine through you. Being Christ-like is loving like Christ!

~ Lisa Blair

Most of my posts focus on the goodness of God and becoming more Christ-like every day; allowing the Holy Spirit to radiate outwards for others to see. The way to accomplish this is through love. We are to love all people as Christ did during His Walk, paving the way for us. Love is the fundamental law. If we achieve this, all other laws have been met. Continue to live your life through Him.

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Our Enduring God

Let this post from ettingerwriting ease your anxiety.

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By David
Ettinger

As our world continues
to spin more and more out of control and the return of Christ draws ever
nearer, a multitude of changes will occur at a dizzying rate. In fact, this is
already the case. Shameless cultural beliefs and behavior which would have been
reproached a generation ago are now the accepted norms. Who knows what our
world will look like a decade or two from now.

But despite all that will befall our planet – and especially believers in Christ – it is both wonderful and assuring to know that our God is eternal, unchanging, and enduring. Let these words from Psalm 119:89-91 bring you comfort and confidence this day.

Your word, Lord, is eternal;
it stands in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day,
For all things serve you.

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