Thursday, February 22, 2018

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by Jeff Gunther

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This post is drawn from Jan David Hettinga, Follow Me: Experience the Loving Leadership of Jesus (Colorado Springs, Colorado: NavPress, 1996).

“One of the more significant signs of God’s activity can be seen when He turns selfishness into generosity. Turning water into wine is child’s play when compared to changing the hearts of human beings with regard to money and possessions. Religious people give to create an impression with others and leverage with God. Jesus deliberately exposed the inferior motivation behind the giving of the Pharisees and religious authorities of His day (Matthew 6:1-4). Kingdom people give because they’re no longer building their private kingdoms. Part of their worship involves continually transferring ownership of all that they have to their master. The more you see that it is really God’s kingdom you’re building in hearts, and not man’s kingdom, the more your values change. Jesus applauds the practice of “selling all that you have” in order to possess the pearl of great price (see Matthew 13:45-46). It makes no sense to hoard and accumulate for time what you can give away and keep for eternity. When the kingdom is the focus of a believer’s value system, the hold of wealth and possessions radically diminishes.”

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