“We … speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.” (1 Corinthians 2:6)
The Bible explains to us God’s plan for the ages and generally how it is going to end. The crazy “wisdom of this age” and the “rulers of this age” are coming to nothing. For this we are truly grateful, since they are really messing things up!
When I began to really understand that this world is coming to an end, I changed the way I was using my time, talent, and treasure and decided to make sure I was investing my resources in God’s program.
First, I decided I wanted to do my giving while I am living. This way I can enjoy the excitement of seeing what my investments in the kingdom are doing. I made the great discovery that giving is one of the ways God works in and through me.
Second, I now try to follow the principle of increasing the giving of my time, talent, and treasure each year. I’ve discovered that the more I participate in the endeavors of God, the more I enjoy his blessings and the company of his people. The continued anticipation of his working in my life is truly exciting and fulfilling.
Third, I try to conduct my life and affairs in such a way that I do nothing to impair my ability to give. This means I thoughtfully decide how to use the time, talent, and treasure that I currently have. For example, if I am too busy keeping up a house that is too large and too high-maintenance, I will not have the time or the treasure to invest in the things of God. Likewise, each one of us only has so much time. If I have too many hobbies or committees that I am giving my time to, I will not have time to give attention to what is God’s priority for me. It is all a matter of perspective. We all have commitments and responsibilities; we simply need to thoughtfully balance them out.
Such an approach to the use of my time, talent, and treasure has fueled within me an “I want to participate attitude” in all that will echo into eternity.
Today, ask yourself:In what ways am I using the time, talent, and treasure God has given to me so that they will echo into eternity?
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