Pastor's Corner

24 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

If you are reading this then I can assume you did not win the Mega Millions $1.6 billion prize.  There is still hope, the Power Ball is tonight!  You might get a laugh out of that but lotto fever has taken our country by storm.  Out of all there is going on in the world the lead news story this morning reported that there was a lone winner in South Carolina who woke up this morning a billionaire!  What would it be like to have that much money?  We all have played that game in our minds. New car, new house, new life, right?  It’s hard for us to get our minds around how much a billion dollars really is so the folks at ehd.org gives us an idea: 

The height of a stack of 1,000,000,000 (one billion) one dollar bills measures 358,510 feet or 67.9 miles. This would reach from the earth’s surface into the lower portion of the troposphere – one of the major outer layers of earth’s atmosphere.

The area covered by 1,000,000,000 (one billion) one dollar bills measures 4 square miles. This would cover 2,555 acres. 

The length of 1,000,000,000 (one billion) one dollar bills laid end-to-end measures 96,900 miles. This would extend around the earth almost 4 times.  http://www.ehd.org/science_technology_largenumbers.php

How much good could a person with that much money accomplish?  I have often played this game with the Lord.  “If you let me win, I promise I will…”  “Just think, if I win I could…”  The Bible is clear that when we have been faithful with a little God will give us a little more.  Maybe the reason God has never let me win the big prize is He knows how I would spend it.  It’s fun to dream but in our reflection on what we might have, we should be challenged to take an account of what we do have.  Are we being good stewards of what God has given us?  The Bible tells us that “It is required of stewards that they be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). “Found faithful” means “discovered to be trustworthy.” Rick Warren notes: “Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and trust from God.”  That word “discovered” intrigues me.  What if God was to do an audit on my resources, would He discover that I had been trustworthy? What if I discovered a windfall of resources, could God really trust me to be faithful?  I’m reminded of the story Jesus told in Luke 12 about the land of a rich man producing an abundant crop.  Instead of making plans to share his extra wealth he decided to keep it all for himself.  That night his life was to be taken from him without a plan to share what came to him.  Jesus concluded that this is how it will be for those who are not rich toward God.   

Notice in the story how Jesus describes the man as already being rich, He calls him a “rich man.”  Living in this country we are better off than most of the people in the world.  By their measure we are rich!  Being rich is a state of the heart. Today, take an inventory of your resources.  It might just surprise you as to how rich you really are!  

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Luke 12:34 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

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