By: Arnie Cole and Michael Ross
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.
-Based upon the message of these verses, what should I view as my real home ... my true treasure?
-Do I live my everyday life as if I believe that all things come from God?
-Do I put my trust and confidence in God ... or in the ephemeral things in my life?
So often we get mired in the material possessions in our lives. We desire a larger salary, a bigger house, a fancier car, a more luxurious vacation. We strive for bigger, better, and more, focusing on material rather than spiritual prosperity. And we forget, of course, that all things--our house, our car, the money in our 401K--are made possible only by God. When we make an offering to our church or when we serve the poor, we pat ourselves on the back for "doing good," forgetting, of course, that everything we give, everything we consider ours, comes from Him. As David says, "Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand" (1 Chronicles 29:14).
Ask for Change: Lord, help me be wholeheartedly devoted and loyal to You alone.
Consider what's real: In 1 Corinthians 29:18, David prays that his people will continue to keep God front and center in their hearts and will worship the Lord with wholehearted devotion. In light of that prayer, ask yourself this today:Am I wholeheartedly devoted and loyal to God, or have I put something in my life ahead of Him? If you suspect that God does not take first place in your heart, ask Him for His guidance in shifting your priorities.
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