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A Tithe of Time

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Many people who love God tithe so that their worldly wealth will be invested in sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

There is another limited resource that Christians often overlook, though God’s Word does not: time.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

The King James Version of the Bible translated the original Greek as “redeeming the time.”

To redeem is to salvage something that would otherwise go to waste or regain possession of something in exchange for payment.

Our time is limited to our lifetime, and every second -every heartbeat- of our life’s time is determined by the Master.

It is reassuring to hear Jesus teach people like us -people with “ears to hear”-  that there is a better way to spend our time.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:31-34).

Tithing our time offers us another way to worship God and put Him first and foremost in our lives.

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Portrait of a Savior

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Before Jesus came in human form “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), the prophet Isaiah described Him. “He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2b).

God chose to send His Only Begotten Son and the promised Savior in a time when photography did not exist. Many artists have attempted to draw the face of the Lamb of God. They are all products of the imagination.

As you read God’s Word, can you “see” Jesus in your mind’s eye?

Have you believed in Him alone for your salvation? (Acts 16:30-31). If so, then you can direct your gaze upon Jesus, and say, “as for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness (Psalm 17:15).

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Fall leaves & folly

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On a day like this one in mid-October, a small palm frond fell from a tree and sank just below the surface of a shallow laguna nearby. A mother and son strolling by the same spot peered into the limpid water, catching sight of what they thought was the skeleton of one of the carp they often saw near the lake’s edge. Taking a few steps closer, they examined the spiny object and laughed when they realized it was just a fallen leaf.

Can a fish be spawned from a tree? Or a winged bird spring from a reptile? Or perhaps a man from an orangutan? Many myths abound in our sin-soaked world, myths that intend to cast doubt on the truth revealed to us by the Creator God who spelled out the origins of the world and everything that lives in it in Genesis 1:1.

 “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.”

     What you make of that opening line of the Bible will color your view of the world, your place in it, and everything else that follows. Do you have your own theory of the origin of the world, and maybe of God Himself?

In Isaiah 29, God warns those who think they know better than He. “[…] for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid” (v. 14b).  What is man’s knowledge and science in light of God’s omniscience and omnipotence?

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

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Stronger than a mother’s love

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Perhaps because God’s word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89), the beauty of its poetry can steal our breath both when it terrifies and soothes. There may not be a more pacifying promise than that whispered in Isaiah 49:15-

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands […]”

Under His Wings

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Who can define God’s love for the men and women, girls and boys who He created in His image and for His glory? His own Word, in the form of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, gives us the best illustration in Matthew 23:37.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!”

Even as Jesus laments his people’s angry rejection of God’s plan to redeem them, He longs to comfort them as a mother whose heart is tender toward her disobedient children.

Jesus may have been making reference to the many times in the Old Testament where a bird’s powerful yet soft wings illustrate God’s protection and mercy. Two of these metaphors occur in the book of Psalms. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust […]” (Psalm 91:4) and “in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast” (Psalm 57:1).


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