WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)
by: Nita Kay Freeman
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
This scripture tie-in really hit home to me. We sometimes think some of the teachings in the Bible are old-fashioned or they don’t apply to this day in time. This passage is proof that the same laws that God put into place in the early Old Testament stand today. While we are not under the same old law, we are under the same old grace. The same grace — the grace that gives us the power and ability to tithe. Does God expect us to give willingly and lovingly? Of course, but sometimes he expects us to give, even though we don’t want to, even though our hearts are hardened and yes, even when we can’t afford it. This act of giving allows God’s grace to change our heart, so that our giving does become willing and loving. The old saying “Some things never change” is applicable here. And, aren’t we glad? Isn’t it amazing that the grace God gave Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Malachi is the same grace that God gives us today? That God can take our selfish hearts (we are all inclined to be selfish and want to keep a hold on our money) and turn them into cheerful, giving hearts, all for this glory and ultimately, for our happiness and growth in Christ.
Prayer: Holy Father, we LOVE you. Help us to realize each day that our talents our time and our money are yours. Thank you for your grace that is there even when we don’t give of these things cheerfully! We love you!