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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:22

Dear all

 

It was a biographer of the Duke of Wellington who said that finding the Duke's personal account ledger was a far better clue as to what he thought was really important than reading his letters or speeches. We talked on Sunday about how Nehemiah refused to take his rightful income as Governor of Judah, so that taxation would not be a burden to the people. Our passage also described how he was also an extraordinarily generous host, extending daily hospitality to 'Jews, officials and visitors.'

 

 

It raised the question as to how we handle our finances. First, we should remember with thanksgiving that it all came from God anyway. As King David prayed in 1 Chronicles 29:14, 'everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand'. Someone said that we can view our money in two ways 'how much of my money shall I use for God or how much of God's money shall I use for myself?' How we might use what God has given us should also be a matter of prayer. We should keep our money in perspective: pinning our hopes of happiness on increased wealth, beyond a basic level of security, is mistaken, research shows. We should also invest wisely: a number of Jesus' parables, such as the parable of the talents, encourage wise money management. As John Wesley said, 'earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can'. The encouragement to give generously is well defined by Jesus in Luke 6:38  'give and it will be given 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'. Finally, it's always good to consider when enough is enough. As Church Swindoll asks, 'does it mean that people related to God can't have nice things? Certainly not! But it does mean that we are to guard against nice things having us!'


A very Happy Chinese New Year to you!


Blessings

 

Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:24