Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Season of the EPIPHANY... The Day Star+
Where IS HE+...
the ONE+ born
KING+ of the Jews ?
For we have seen
the Day Star+ arise
in our hearts...
And have come
to worship HIM+
with our :
Does our worship of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST extend into our piles of gold ? Does our worship of Our LORD JESUS control our mammon, our money, our funds ?
KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS
by how we spend
The LORD, in HIS+ goodness,
has entrusted to us ?
Does our witness
for CHRIST JESUS
into our pocketbooks?
our purses ?
Do we avoid beggars or people with signs, asking for money or work ?
WOULD OUR LORD AVOID THEM ?
Do we collect aluminum cans for CHRIST and crush them to sell ... in order to donate pennies to missionaries ... while sitting on thousands in the bank, collecting interest ?
As the good Bishop said in Les Miserables, when observing a wealthy man dropping a penny into the alms box: " Ah, there is the richest man in the province... buying a PENNY'S worth of Heaven ! "
What we REALLY VALUE is what we scrimp and save for, where we spend the MAJORITY of our monies.
Are we telling GOD that we want only one-tenth of HIS goodness, with our giving ?
JESUS paid it ALL...
all to HIM+ I owe.
Sin has left a crimson stain.
HE+ washed it white as snow.
O LORD GOD, THOU has made the Heavens and the earth and all the things therein; THOU+ hast need of nothing of mine.
Heavenly FATHER, I have need of THEE. I have all need of Thy+ SON+ JESUS operating in me.
Help me manifest CHRIST JESUS with my monies.
I have need for THEE+ to control every penny that comes in my door... so Mammon does not control me through love of it ...or through fear.
I know, O my SAVIOR, that I cannot out-give THEE+.
Make me willing and un-afraid to turn the control over my funds unto THEE+.
Smite the fear, smite my worldly-wisdom, un-clog my deaf ears and re-kindle Thy+ zeal in my dull and fearful heart, for THOU+ doest all things well.
For Thy+ glory help me use the monies THOU+ hast given into my stewardship in a more sanctified way.
This I pray, to the glory of GOD our FATHER; in the Name of Our Manifested SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Amen.