So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." (Luke 8:18 NASB)
"For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. (Matthew 25:29 NASB)
The focus verse is again from the Parable of the Lamp as found in Luke and the companion verse from the Parable of the Talents in Matthew. They both deal with the subject of stewardship, and now we come to the part of the verse most of us would rather avoid.
"and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him"
This is a difficult verse, but it was spoken by Christ Himself on more than one occasion, indicating it's importance, and we do well to take heed. The Greek echō word translated as both "have" and "has". The sense here is of possessing something in our hand, of holding or wearing it. The word translated as "thinks" is dokeō, airō,
For those who rely on proximity rather than relationship, assuming that the form of religion they have practiced will suffice when they enter eternity, there is hard, painful news. Jesus promises that one day our suppositions will be stripped away and we will see ourselves as God sees us.
Selah. Pause and consider.
That is so important that it bears repeating.
Jesus promises that one day our suppositions will be stripped away and we will see ourselves as God sees us.
We do well to ask God to reveal our hearts now. Is what we are relying on for eternity merely a form of religion, or do we have an authentic relationship with Jesus? Our eternal destination depends upon the answer to that one question.
Today, pray that we and our loved ones will evaluate our relationship with Christ, allow God to strip away that which is based on presumption, and move us to the relationship Jesus died to give.
Link to last night's post is here: http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/07/covered-in-blood.html
Our terrorist prayer focus this week is Ibrahim al Asiri, one of the most creative and dangerous bomb makers in the world. He is sworn to destruction of believers in general and the US specifically. Pray that his terrorist efforts would be thwarted, that a miraculous conversion would occur, and that his fervor for the cause of Christ would exceed his fervor for destruction.
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