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An Effortless Love

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"but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here." - John 14:31

Have you ever loved someone so much that you were willing to do anything to show that love to that person? A parent? A spouse? A friend? In John 3:16 we are told, "God so loved the world..." In John 14:31 we are told, "so that the world may know that I love the Father." The only way for God's great love to break through the dam and gush forth into the world was for Jesus to become the perfect sacrifice to satisfy all of our sins. The love Jesus had for Abba Father accomplished exactly that. That love was enough to compel Jesus to do whatever it took to display to the world how much He loved the Father. We have to shift our focus from trying our best to love others and put all of that effort into loving God alone; then He will love the world through us.

How has the love of Christ through you loved others this week?

God or Money?

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“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Luke 16:1-13

Money often takes the place of God in people’s lives. Jesus explained that no one can serve two masters. From a spiritual standpoint, all people will serve someone or something. Here, Jesus spoke of two choices–God and money. People can choose to serve money—in essence, this means serving themselves and all the pleasure and power money can buy—or they can choose to serve God. But no one can do both, for the two choices are diametrically opposed. When money is one’s master, there can be no room for God Who requires single-hearted obedience and devotion. When God is one’s Master, money is seen as a resource to be stewarded. For Christians, our money should always be used as a means of service, never the ultimate goal.

How are you managing the resources He’s entrusted to you to expand His Kingdom locally and globally?

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