Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 175

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Welcome to Day 175 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Kings 11; 2 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 24; 1 Timothy 6 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

2 Kings 11, Jehoiada the priest leads a coup against the usurper Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, and installs young Joash (Jehoash), son of Ahaziah, as rightful king of Judah. Reformation Study Bible

v 20 “All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the palace. 21 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.

2 Kings 12, “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places,

however,

were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.”

“They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.

Joash contracted temple repairs…

v 20, “His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla. 21 The officials who murdered him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.”

2 Chronicles 24 portrays a more evil description of Joash and his bitter demise… he ruled forty years, starting at age seven.

1 Timothy 6:6, “Godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

O bservation

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

A pplication

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Say that again…

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Does that mean it’s wrong to have money? Nope. That’s not the point of this passage. The point is always about our attitude toward our money. How we use it.

v 17, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

I’m learning to simply enjoy life. Whatever God has provided for me (and my family, obviously.)

Funny, I write this as I am sitting in a house on the Sacramento River in Redding, California. Our group of six is amazed at God’s goodness and generosity, that we get to stay here.

I read this verse this morning and thought, “God, you provided this for me (us) just for us to enjoy it, because you are good.” (And it was cheaper to house six people in a house than in hotels or renting rooms for each person in different homes. All were options I looked into. 🙂

Paul told Timothy to tell those who were rich to do good and to be rich in good deeds, to be generous and to be willing to share.

Good advice.

You can be broke and still be generous with what you have. If you have a little, be generous with a little. If you have a lot, be crazy generous! 2 Corinthians states that we are blessed in proportion to how we give… sow, as it were. Our money is like seed. If you sow little in terms of generosity, then you reap little in terms of your harvest.

(This is not about tithing… that is a different principle altogether. God expects us to do that. The tithe belongs to him already. In that regard we are simply returning to him what is his.)

“Be rich in good deeds” doesn’t have to require money… In the above context, Paul is instructing people who have lots of money. But “rich in good deeds” can apply to those who don’t have much money. It doesn’t always take money to do good deeds. It’s more about time… maybe even more about focusing on others versus focusing on our stuff or making more money.

But the principle remains, be generous and share what we have.

P rayer

Thank you Lord for your generosity toward me. Thank you that I live under an open heaven, with your goodness flowing in my direction!

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2 thoughts on “Day 175

  1. Nicole Marvin on said:

    1 Timothy 6:6-8
    “A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.”

    vs 18-19
    “Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.”

    Thank you, Lord, that you meet all of my needs. Thank you for your presence in my life…it is all that I need. Please help me to focus on you-to do good, help others and to be extravagantly generous.

  2. There seems to be a recurring theme of turning back to God, but not totally. Why do we keep the high places in our lives? We accept Jesus as our savior, but seem to be hesitant to go “all in”. On one hand we don’t want to throw Christianity in someones face in a belittling way that will push them further away, but we should never be intimidated or afraid to stand up for Christ.

    Lord, I want to have enough faith to tear down all the high places left in my heart.

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