Friday, February 18, 2022

Daily Devotion: Giving vs. Taking

Bible Reading:  Matthew 23

Key Verse:  Verse 14 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Key Words:  ye devour widows' houses

Have you ever heard the term pharisaical?  It is usually used to describe someone who focuses on standards and rules.  But in reality, the Pharisee was someone who was hypocritical (read Matthew 23).

One thing that makes a person pharisaical is that they are takers but not givers.

Reminds me of the story of the young man whose mom asked him to mow the grass, sarcastically he responded, "For $5.00 I will."

That afternoon when he went to his bedroom, he found the following note from his mom laying on his bed.  It read:  "Son, for the food you eat, you owe nothing.  For the room you call yours which you use and I pay for, you owe nothing.  For the clothes you wear, you owe nothing.  For the education you receive, you owe nothing.  For us running you to and fro to all your events you want to be involved in, you owe nothing.  For the love of your siblings and your dad and I, you owe nothing.  Here is $5.00, go mow the grass."

A religious person will take all the blessings of both God and church and give little to nothing to God and their church for all they receive.  Christianity gives...religion takes.  Which are you?

What to do:
✞ Be a Christian - a giver.

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