Two very important ingredients

Time and money are a concern for all of us. We all have the same number of hours each day. Money is a different story. Most of us do some planning for each day. We also do some tentative planning for the weeks, months and years ahead. There is no guarantee that we will have a tomorrow.

James, the brother of Jesus, gave us some instructions in his writings. In James 4:13-16 he tells us to not say what we will do today tomorrow or next year. He wrote that we should say, if the Lord wills we shall live and do such and such. The next verse 4:17 adds to it. “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Is the time ingredient important to God? It certainly is.

Sixty-five years ago this fall, I started Bible College. There certainly are some things that I would do differently if I had known then what I know now. This is my observation in retrospect. On the other hand, my life has been blessed in so many ways. It is probably quite safe to guess the same is true for most people.

God’s guidebook for living has much to say about money. We should never forget that all that we are, have and can do are gifts. How we spend our time and money says a lot about our relationship to God. We are not to love our money, but use it to please God.

If we have families, naturally we want to provide food, clothing and housing. Then. of course, we are instructed in God’s Word to give Him the first tithe. We are told in Malachi 3:8-10, to bring the tithe and God will open the windows of heaven. We don’t give to get. We give to please God because we love Him.

On the other side of the coin God’s Word tells us that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. We can all look back over life and perhaps do some readjusting. God wants to bless us. Let’s not limit Him. We can make every day and every dollar count for something good if we give it all back to God.

For the 2013 Club, Sept. 22 takes us to Song of Solomon 5 and II Corinthians 12.

Every day and every dollar can count for something.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail. He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.

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