Idolatry: “Extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone”
I know I know…I’ve already started talking about idolatry at the beginning of this post, but before you potentially check out, give this a chance. What do you typically have a conversation with someone about? Work? Sports? Maybe the weather? Could it be about children? What about the latest news?
It seems like it’s pretty difficult to have a conversation with many people without at least hitting one of these topics. I can’t help but think, conversation after conversation, why do we consider these things so important? Why are they such a big deal? I am including myself in these conversations as well, as I typically default to one of these subjects. So what is the deal?
Tithing is a popular subject for better or for worse. Some people love talking about it while others cringe the second they hear the word. It also comes up in many debates on if it really matters or not. Jesus talks about money more than most other topics while He was here on earth and from what’s recorded in the Bible…I would say that fact alone means it matters…in fact, it’s very important.
As we read the Old Testament, there are many rules and regulations to follow (the Law), but Jesus came to fulfill the Law in the New Testament. That doesn’t mean that everything just goes away from what we read in the Old Testament, but rather Jesus actually takes everything a step further.
For example, we are not to murder anyone, but Jesus says to not be angry at anyone (Matthew 5:21-22). We read of tithing in the Old Testament, but Jesus talks about the heart in regards to our giving whether that be 5, 10, or 20 percent. This actually should encourage us to be “all in” in everything as we follow Jesus, including our money.
Think about it, Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the grave, defeating death and sin in victory. If you follow Him, ALL of your past, present, and future sins are forgiven, forever. In light of that fact, how could you not give to God, and really, why would you ever consider stopping at a certain percentage?
When it comes to our giving/tithing towards God, it should be:
I was raised an only child. My wife points this out when food disappears and when I get tired of being around a lot of people. I can be selfish too, but that’s another post.
Not knowing what God has planned for our family going forward, I wonder if my 3-year old daughter will get to experience being the only child. There are definite benefits. The competition is nil. Growing up, the stage was mine, the toys were mine, the clothes were mine . . . well, at least at home.
Because we live in a world where we go outside and mix with other people, there can be some challenges for an only child.
Sharing isn’t always easy.
It’s something we work on now in the hope it will be easier for her later.
It’s still something I am working on.
I’ve noticed a trend when we look up Scripture on a particular topic. I’m guilty of this myself, which is probably another reason why I’ve seen this take place, but have you ever noticed how we go to the Bible to look up particular topics? Maybe we want to look up how to get strength, how to be healed, where to find peace, how to parent kids, or what marriage is all about. We look through these various topics all the time, but how often do we go to Scripture with thanksgiving looking to praise God?
After all, if we aren’t praising God, there’s our first problem. If we are following Jesus and aren’t praising Him, then we have forgotten our first love. If we don’t follow Jesus and don’t praise God, then we are in essence saying we know better. Either way, if we approach the Word of God with thanksgiving and praise for everything Jesus has done for us, He will continue to provide the answers we are looking for.
You can praise God in the midst of whatever it is you are going through. We have Jesus who can sympathize with anything that happens to us. We have Jesus who has already paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. We have Jesus who rose from the grave defeating death and sin in victory and who will return for us! In light of Christ, how could we not praise God in everything?
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on praise:
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Trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability of someone or something. Trust is truly an element out of any relationship that’s of great significance since it pertains to one’s own credibility, character, reputation, along with ability. The bottom line is that there can’t be any true relationship and friendship without at least some level of trust. Having said that, one thing that’s quite noticeable within Scripture is the fact that trust is something that God demands from us.
Let’s read these Scripture verses found in Proverbs chapter 3.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).”
Before we move on, it’s important that we take a look at trust from a humanistic perspective. Let’s say that you’ve been doing all your best to let God mold you into the person that He wants you to be through complete submission and surrender to Him, and for whatever reason someone else just cannot trust you with something, it’s undoubtedly going to hurt you. The main reason is that you’d feel like that’s not representative at all of whom you are in Christ.
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