The Daily Challenge
Joining Jesus' Group
 by D. E. Stribling

Today Christians Ineffective

A recent study by the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic — only 9% of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.
Because of this, today's believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life's ultimate purpose really is. Behavior of Christians is not much different than the general public. For instance the divorce rate is identical among Christians as it is in the general population. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.


rich man.jpg (13190 bytes)A rich man engaged Jesus and his disciples in conversation saying he wanted to join them. However Jesus quizzed him and the subject of his wealth came up, "Sell everything you have and give to the poor." 

But the "bottom line" ruled, not God. He would not deplete his wealth on an uncertain cause like aiding the poor. To do so goes against all the principles of finance (then and now).  By the standards of God, however, wealth accrues in heaven when a person gives to the poor. It is when we spend all of our money on self and our own family, that we deplete our true wealth. So it depends on which standard we believe works. Our perception about money is very revealing.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5

Most of us, at times, agree with the Bible that the ways of God are upside down to the ways of this world. Regarding money however, we are greatly tempted to follow the world's way rather than to follow biblical truths.

The good news:  Jesus can change us

He will give the abundant life to both the rich and to the poor.



God's Love In My Heart 
Makes All the Difference