Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

Thu17Apr

CHASING PAYMENTS

“They are to...to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share...so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6: 18-19

How rich do you want to be? You might have ambitions to be a millionaire or even just to be ‘comfortable’, but have you considered what the Bible says about you and money? For a start, nothing we possess actually belongs to us: it’s all God’s (Psalm 24:1). So no matter how hard you struggle to acquire more, you’re still only ever the caretaker of it. That truth is actually really freeing: it means that the pressure is off. You’re not defined by the size of your bank account and you can start trusting God to bless you like He says He will in Proverbs 10:22. But God’s pretty hot on stewardship – that is, the way that you manage the stuff He gives you. Are you stingy? Are you reckless? Are you self-centred when it comes to money? Don’t expect Him to bless you with very much of it then. The Bible is clear about generosity (check out Luke 6:38 for a cracking promise). It’s also clear about taking responsibility: in Luke 16:11, Jesus says that if you can’t be trusted with worldly wealth, you won’t be trusted with ‘true riches’. What now? What have you been given? You might have a job, a part-time job or an allowance; whatever it is, you’ve been entrusted with it. So start thinking about ways you can be generous with it. (Psst. The good folk at Stewardship can help. They offer an 18-25 giving account - a fee-free place to organise all of your giving, and one that adds £10 every month to what you give, for the first year. Find it at stewardship.org.uk/giving/1825)

 Jer 25-27, Mark 2:13-22, Ps 130, Pr 10:12