December 12, Thursday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor David Son, was originally posted on September 18, 2014.  David and his team launched the Thrive Church in Taipei this past February. Stay up to date with the church plant by following them here: https://www.instagram.com/thrivechurchtaipei/

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“The First Time I Laid My Eyes on a Crisp $100 Bill”

Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 (ESV)

Wisdom is good with an inheritance, an advantage to those who see the sun. For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it

I remember being a child of about 10 years of age when I received my first $100 bill. It came in the mail on my birthday from a family friend who lived in another state. I didn’t know her very well, but she instantly became my favorite family friend. When I peeled open that envelope and beheld the glory, my eyes grew big. There was an awesome feeling of power, and brewing excitement in my gut as I held that piece of green paper. 

I made brief eye contact with my mom, who was watching the whole scene. With a gentle smile she held out her hand and said, “Let me hang on to that for you.” For the next couple seconds, war broke out in my head. I wanted so badly to possess this $100 bill! I wanted to store it in my secret hiding spot. It was mine! But something in me decided that it was better that the $100 bill was in the hands of mom. I didn’t get to possess that $100 bill. I didn’t get to hide it away and idolize it. What I really received that day, in a profound way, was the beginning of wisdom in learning to let go, and trust God with my money. Wealth is a blessing, but only when we exercise the wisdom of putting it in the hands of God can we truly be blessed by.  So today, if you have money to spare, bless someone with it as an expression of God’s love for that person.  

Prayer: Lord, thank You for providing everything I have always needed. Help me to trust You with everything I have, especially those things that are most precious to me. Give me wisdom to see that You are my inheritance; You are my protector; and You are the preserver of my life. 

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 60


Lunch Break Study  

Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10: But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Questions to Consider

  1. Paul says that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” What are some of the dangers of loving money?
  2. When it is time for you to go to heaven, what can you bring along with you?
  3. How much time and effort are you putting into things that you cannot take with you to heaven? 

Notes

  1. Money is not inherently evil, nor is wealth a sin. And certainly, working to earn money is a biblical concept. It is the love of money that Paul warns us against. But sometimes, the love of money is unnoticed in our lives because it doesn’t always manifest as greed; rather, as anxiety, worry, or an unwillingness to give generously. Does your financial situation cause you to be anxious, to worry, or stifle your generosity?
  2. The Bible says that we brought nothing into this world, and we can bring nothing out of it.  Money, assets, possessions, titles: none of these things carry over. But one thing that isn’t explicitly mentioned in the passage that we do bring to eternity is: people. You, and those around you are eternal beings.
  3. This passage is not written to pagan non-believers, but 1 Timothy is a pastoral letter; that is, it’s written to the church! Furthermore, it is written to the leaders of the church. No one, not even a pastor, is safe from the danger of the love of money.

Evening Reflection

Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Consider the tasks/people you have worked on, invested in, and/or accomplished today. Have you been seeking His Kingdom today?

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