two who give

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There were two men:

The first man made every effort to give and give when ever there was a need and when he could be seen.

Yes, he wanted people to see what he did.

Why?

He knew it was good to give and that if people saw him giving he would be considered good…maybe? why not?

Actually when this man gave and people saw, they would tell him “You are a good man!”

That made this man feel good and so he would give again, to be seen and to be told “You are a good man!”

The second man also gave but no one saw. How do I know?  Trust me when I tell you, there is a second man who gives and no one sees…except God.

This man gives for a different reason.

No one sees so know one can respond to his giving to tell him he is a good man. In fact He gives and gives again, but why?

Jesus said,  “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)

I know we all love to give and some will see our giving but what if we were careful to give? How we give?

Would you prefer to be told how good you are and receive your acknowledgement from  mere men, society, the world?

Maybe even receive a plaque from the City?

Or…

Have Almighty God bestow upon you…yes, God give you a reward from Him!

“No eye has seen, no ear has hear, no mind can conceive that which God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Corinthians 2:9)

Shhhh,  and lets give

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What if…

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Mom would tell me that “if” was the biggest word in the world!
What if…
The word itself, only two letters yet brings with it gigantic proportions of:

  • Regret… “what if I hadn’t done…” or “… had done…” “Can I get a do over?”
  • Possibilities… “What if I go for it and it works or happens or does the trick?!”
  • Options… There is a choice to make and some decisions to think through. If I do this… or If I do that…

The choices we make will have certain affects on our life and future for sure.

These stir the imagination and our faith, right?

With Easter here I cannot help but think, “What if…”

What would the world be like if Jesus didn’t come?
What would people do to become right with a Holy God?

What if Jesus did come but didn’t die on the cross, maybe just spoke really good stuff, do some good deeds then lived to be an old guy and just died…

What if there was no cross for Jesus to bear or the resurrection?
Hmmm, that cross?

The Resurrection?!

But then again, What IF He really did come and live an amazingly perfect life, spoke brilliance from Heaven, healed the blind and the sick, set people free from demons, ate with sinners and forgave sins. What IF this marvelous man died a criminals death though He was without sin!
What if after he was buried in a tomb, He actually did rise from the dead!

What if…
Jesus made a way for sinners to be made right before a Holy God by accepting the just punishment for our sins!

What if…
Jesus defeated the greatest foe we face, death, thus proving everything He said, true!

Jesus said things like: I have come to set the captives free, give sight to the blind, bring peace and joy, even life abundant. All who believe in me though he dies will live forever!

What IF it’s all true!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26-27)

I believe this, do you?

Today I will decide to live by faith.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrew 11:6)

Have a great Easter celebration.

He has risen, He has risen indeed!