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The Discomfort of Christmas

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Ben Lovelady

on 12 December 2016

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The Discomfort of Christmas
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich."
2 Corinthians 8:9
“Apart from faith in Christ, there is no explanation for such a life.”
- William Borden's Epitaph
"I was struck by the contrast between these two graves. Borden’s was obscure, dusty, and hidden off the back alley of a street littered with garbage. Tutankhamen’s tomb glittered with unimaginable wealth. Yet where are these two young men now? One, who lived in opulence and called himself king, is in the misery of a Christless eternity. The other…[is] in service of the one true King…enjoying his everlasting reward in the presence of his Lord."
Randy Alcorn
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"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich."
2 Corinthians 8:9
My money is my business……………My money is God’s business
My possessions belong to me…….…My possessions belong to God
Money is secular……………………..Money is spiritual
Money has little to do with my spiritual life………..Money is an indicator of my spiritual life
God is displeased with my financial life………God is pleased with my financial life
"A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord."
Leviticus 27:30
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops."
Proverbs 3:9
"For Israel, the first and the best of the wheat harvested, the first and the best of the wool sheared, the first and the best of the fruit gathered all belonged to God. The message of the firstfruits was not complex: God deserves better than leftovers."
John Ortberg
Every time I tithe,
I remind myself that God is on the throne. Not me. Not money.
Every time I tithe,
I reinforce that all I have is from Him. The tithe is not a tip for good service, as though God were some helper I could patronize. He is the Owner, I am the steward.
Every time I tithe,
I make a declaration: ‘I will trust You, God’—even when trusting doesn’t feel easy or natural.
Every time I tithe,
I am reminded, even as I calculate the amount of my check, of how much I’ve been given. I count my blessings, and in doing so, I put to death (or at least injure) the ‘more monster’ in me.
"The tithe was not a ceiling, it was merely a floor."
Randy Alcorn
"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life."
1 Timothy 6:17-19
"The gifts are intensifiers of desire for Christ himself in much the same way that fasting is. When you give a gift to Christ like this, it’s a way of saying, “The joy that I pursue (verse 10!) is not the hope of getting rich with things from you. I have not come to you for your things, but for yourself. And this desire I now intensify and demonstrate by giving up things, in the hope of enjoying you more, not things. By giving to you what you do not need, and what I might enjoy, I am saying more earnestly and more authentically, ‘You are my treasure, not these things.’”
John Piper
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