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Giving God Our Treasure

I have a confession to make… I am not much of a gardener. In fact, I am not a gardener at all. One of the only times I have ever done any kind of extensive planting of seeds is when we had a house built in a new neighborhood in South Carolina. Part of the package in purchasing the house was landscaping for the front of the house, including beautiful green sod. However, no landscaping for the back yard came with the package. Thus, we had to do it all ourselves. When we moved in, the back yard was perfectly raked and graded. It was a beautiful patch of level dirt. My plan was to plant grass seed. I thought, “How hard can it be?” Unfortunately, I waited a while before I got to work, and the rains came, and that beautiful, level lot that was our back yard, started to slope downhill. I thought, “I better get to work soon.” So as soon as the rains stopped, I bought some grass seed and got to work. I followed all the directions, scattering the seed, and then covering it all with straw. But th…
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Giving God Our Talent

What is the one possession you value most? Is it your house, your car, a pet? Is it a photo album or scrapbook that carries your memories? Whatever this most favored possession is, how does it compare with the way you value your life? I imagine you would give away every possession you have before you would give away your life? Yet, that is exactly what God calls upon us to do. He wants us to give our lives away. It is precisely in giving our lives away that we discover what real living is all about. Jesus said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:24)
Last Sunday we considered how we can give ourselves away by giving of our time. Today I invite you to consider how you can give yourself away by giving of your talents, those unique abilities with which you have been endowed by God. Paul addresses this topic in Romans 12:3-8. Listen for God’s word to you from this passage….
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone …

Giving God Our Time

There was a boy whose parents promised to buy him a watch if he would be on time for school and church for a given length of time. The boy did his duty and met the requirement, so he asked his parents to get him the watch they had promised. Money in the family was tight at the time so his parents said it might take a while before they could make the purchase. Each day, the boy asked about his reward, until finally, the father told his son that if he mentioned “watch” one more time, he wouldn’t get one.
Each night before dinner, this family read a Bible verse together and they each took turns choosing a verse to read. When it came time for the boy to choose a verse he selected Mark 13:37 which reads: “And what I say unto you, I say unto all—Watch!”
We are all fascinated with time from an early age, aren’t we? As we begin this month-long series on Giving is Living, I want to talk with you about time, and giving God our time. As I have looked over the Bible in preparation for this message,…