January 19, 2022
The average person spends more than 5 years of his or her life on social media, and the average teen spends 9 hours a day using social media. To appreciate the generational shift that is occurring, consider this: People older than 50 spend 50 hours a week watching television, but people between 25 and 34 watch a “mere” 26.5 hours a week. They’re looking at smaller screens instead.
None of us can afford to give that much time to social media. Turn over a new leaf this year and figure out ways to reduce the time you and your children or grandchildren spend online. Reduce the number of apps you use. Adopt more productive hobbies so you’ll have less time to waste.
But when you are on social media sites, think about 1 Corinthians 9:22, where Paul said he used “all means” to share Christ. We have new platforms now for quoting Scripture, for testifying, for pointing others to the Lord. We can share insights and links that advance the Kingdom.
Turn your social media into social ministry, and let’s use “all means” to save some.
January 12, 2022
Herbert Taylor, an unassuming businessman in Chicago, was behind many of the great student ministry movements in the twentieth century. Having made a fortune as a manufacturer, Taylor shared his talents and treasures to further the Lord’s work. He helped establish scores of evangelistic organizations. And he was behind the purchase of the Cedar Campus for InterVarsity on Lake Huron.
In building the Cedar Lodge in 1954, everything came down to a final payment of $10,000. About that time, Taylor was elected president of Rotary International, and the organization offered him the standard honorarium they gave each of their presidents - $10,000. Taylor asked them to make the check out to the special nonprofit corporation set up to provide money for the conference project, and the lodge was finished.
Taylor said, “We are trustees of every material thing we possess. We are obligated to use money for the things that last, rather than for the things that perish.”
If money comes into your hands, remember Who provides it. God allows us to have their world’s goods that we might help the world have the Good News of eternal life.
January 5, 2022
The association that tracks state-run lotteries says that Americans spent more than $70 billion on lotteries in 2020. That represents $300 for each adult in the 43 states hosting lotteries. People spend that money on the fantasy that they might be the one to hit the jackpot – as if God appeared and said, “Ask Me for whatever you want.”
God did say that to Solomon in 1 Kings 3:5, when he became king of Israel, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Solomon’s answer would surprise many modern lottery players. Instead of great wealth and power, Solomon asked for wisdom. In verse 9 we read, “Therefore give to your servant and understanding heart to judge Your people.” And God did. Solomon became the wisest king on earth. Because Solomon recognized that true wealth is found in wisdom to advance God’s kingdom on earth, God rewarded Solomon later with great wealth and stature. Centuries later, Jesus said we should seek God’s kingdom first, after which God will add everything else we need.
How do you measure wealth today? Lay up your treasures in heaven, Jesus said, where they will be safe for eternity.
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