“You have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him” (Ephesians 4:21 NLT).
But do you? Are you sure it’s the truth? Can you prove it’s the truth? Are you absolutely certain that what you believe you’ve said about your finances is true?
What about your relationships? What about the things you say to yourself about yourself? Is the way you think about your past or about some event the truth, or is the truth what God says about it?
The Bible teaches that personal change starts with truth. It is the truth that sets you free. The apostle Paul says, “You have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him” (Ephesians 4:21 NLT). Who is the truth? Jesus, and because Jesus is the truth, he will always tell you the truth. His Word is the truth. The Bible is his Word, and that means the Bible is truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
What you hear on television isn’t always going to help you, because it’s not always the truth. Have you learned that? And what you read in books isn’t always the truth. But what God tells you is always going to be the truth. God’s Word shows you how to get back to the life you were created to live, and then it shows you how to stay on God’s path.
This is why it is so important for you to have a daily quiet time in the Word of God: Change requires learning the truth. Nothing will change until you get the truth into your heart. As long as you build your life on a foundation of lies, misconceptions, deceptions, or half-truths, you will never change. But when you face the truth and respond to the truth, you will begin to see change in your life.
Share the Good News
Every time you share the good news, God says that’s another blessing coming your way. Every time you invite someone to church, that’s another blessing coming your way. Every time you pass on a word of encouragement and share the love of God, that’s another blessing coming your way.
“The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:8 NIV)
What does that mean? When God wants to do something, we all have a different role to play. Not everyone is a pastor. Not everyone is a singer. Not everyone is a Sunday school teacher. Not everyone can do all the different things that need to be done in a church. We all have different roles to play in the body of Christ.
I want you to look for a way you can play your part to share the good news to others this week. Be creative! The point is to reach out in love to people who don’t know the Lord.
For you it might be as simple as inviting a friend to church. Whatever it is, I promise you, God will bless you for it!
Invest in Eternity Through Your Giving
God wants us to use some money to take the Good News around the world. We invest in eternity every time we use money to bring others to Jesus.
When you save to go on a mission trip, that’s an investment in God’s Global Fund. When you help others go on a mission trip, that’s an investment in God’s Global Fund.
This also includes using your money to encourage your friends to trust in Jesus. Luke 16:9 says, “Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home” (NLT, second edition).
Imagine when you die and get to Heaven, your friends will welcome you there and say, “Thank you for investing in me. I’m in Heaven because of you! I’m not your friend for life; I’m your friend for eternity. I’m in Heaven because you cared enough. You bought me a Bible. You bought me a ticket for an event. You gave me a Christian book.”
Others will say, “You spent your money to help spread the Good News to my village, even though you’d never seen us before. Because you gave, I’m now a follower of Christ. I’m in Heaven because of you!”
Helping others find Jesus is the highest use of your money. How will you invest in God’s Global Fund? Will you go on a mission trip or provide funds so someone else can go on a mission trip? Will you give so that your friends will hear about Jesus?