The deceptions of the world are amazingly blatant. Recently, television has been plastered with advertisements demanding that rich people pay higher tax than poor people; that such taxation is “more fair” for everyone! Such logic is what started the French Revolution. If there are taxes, then each person should pay his share, and it should be an equal percentage for everyone. God asks everyone to set aside and equal portion for Him. That amount is a tithe, or ten percent, and there are no shades or variations of that amount depending on how much He has blessed us financially! In Christ’s Kingdom, the rich always willingly give to the poor, so everything evens out. I think most persons of wealth do give away a great deal of money to causes they believe in, anyway. An extorted higher tax will just take away what they would have given away.
The same principle applies to giving away the Good News, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our present culture imposes strict and oppressive rules on anyone who would freely give the good news that Jesus saves us from death and condemnation. The loud clamor of the world is that we who believe have no right to tell them anything! According to Romans chapter 1, this is so that they can keep on with their wickedness without conscience. Yet believers are the ones with the greatest wealth – Christ in us!, unto all godliness and abundant life. To tax us with restrictions against sharing Christ’s love defeats their receiving exactly what they need. We can shout them down with God’s love and God’s grace and give them the wealth we have, too.
Lord, today we thank you for giving us your salvation, We ask you for greater boldness to walk through the restrictions of our culture and proclaim your Good News. You walk with us and give us joy in reaching others for your Kingdom. Thank you, Lord. We pray in Jesus’ Name.
Do you keep changing your mind about some things so that it is almost impossible to make a timely decision about anything? God calls this double-mindedness and says it makes you unstable in all your ways. Ultimately, you will fall into ungodly peoples’ decisions and plans, and you will not have a say in what your own part in those plans will be. Trapped.
That is a very dangerous way to live your life. Certainly it does not give you any satisfaction or sense of accomplishment. You need to be totally settled on what you believe, so that nothing and no one can shake you loose.
Increasing you knowledge of God’s Son, Jesus Christ is the way to get settled once and for all. You learn of him by reading and studying God’s Word, the Bible. God has revealed himself to us in the 66 books of the Bible. Each time you read, pray first and ask God to give you clear understanding of what you are reading. This prayer is guaranteed for a yes answer – if your mind is distracted or clouded, persevere. God will answer. In Ephesians chapter 4, we are told to hold to the truth in love, becoming more like Christ. Hold to the truth – hold to God’s Word. His Word is truth. Hold to it in love. While you grow in your understanding of what is written, you will grow in your love for God as he reveals himself to you.
Do you want to know God better? Follow a simple, simple rule. Read his Word more and pray.
If a plant has good soil,sun, and water, it will grow. If it has rocks and deep shade and no water, it shrivels up and never grows to maturity or to fulfill the purpose for which it was created. Likewise, Christians need specific things to grow in confidence in who we are and what we are supposed to do. When we read and study God’s Word, we become rooted and grounded in what we believe. We have confidence and know right from wrong. We make decisions that please God. Life becomes straightforward and our way unshakable.
It is stressful to offend ungodly people, but it is sin to offend God. Where will you take your stand today? Stand on God’s Word. He is watching over you. You will have more peace and less confusion, no matter what those other people say or do. God’s Word springs the trap. It’s a promise.