BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -

DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.


No. 47
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main



Getting to know God together.

It is almost winter again in Australia.
Not that winter is very cold here in most areas.
In Queensland it is warm and sunny in winter.
Just a bit more chilly than at other times of the year.
We are going to Victoria soon, where it is colder than here, even in Autumn.
We have to drag out our warm  gear which is packed away.
We hope that no moths have been in the draws and bags
where the clothes have been stored.
Some of the jumpers and stuff look a bit too old to take.
They have worn parts and they have got little “pills” on them.
Parts where the material has rubbed up into tiny lumps.
Have you got jumpers that have worn away?
Maybe you have found moths in your stuff?

My old car is being taken away today.
A Christian man has come and pulled it up by crane on to the back of his truck.
It was  exciting to watch the big diesel engine
dragging my poor car up the ramp until it was on the tray of the truck.
I wondered if it might slip and fall.
But no, it was quite safe.
The man put 8 ton strength strappings around the car
to keep it still why the truck is moving.
He is going to see if the car is worth doing up.
If not, it will go to the place where old heaps go!
It has been a good little bomb.
Have you noticed that nothing stays new,
and everything gets old in the end?

Even your favourite things get too old to use.

I love the jumper I have on now, but it is getting pretty worst for wear.
It has a big pocket right across the front, like a kangaroo pouch.
I can put my arms right into it.
I would like to wear it when I shop,
but it is only alright for the house now.
Everything here on this earth wears out in the end.

Jesus warns us about that.
He also told us something wonderful.
He told us about treasures that do not wear out,
and riches that no one can steal either.
Those treasures are in heaven.
All the things we think are so marvellous on earth eventually just pack it in!
Even big and costly things
like houses and apartment buildings wear out in the end.
Even the Pyramid of Giza will be gone one day.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21

“Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt (spoil),
and where thieves break through and steal; ”

He means what He says!
Too many Christians live their whole live for making money,
and having beautiful houses and expensive clothes and cars.
Those are treasures that spoil and can be stolen from us.

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt (spoil),
where thieves do not break through and steal.
For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.”

Jesus means that if we live for God, and live by His rules,
it is like building up riches in heaven!
We will have rewards there.
The best treasures will be the people who are in heaven
because we told them about Jesus as Saviour.

EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS

The Bible shows us again and again that the best of all kinds of life-styles is the simple life lived with God. Being content with food and clothes and a roof over our heads. Not striving to be a big deal, and to be wealthy. You should remember what is right before God and pray about His will being done, when you are thinking about a career or job.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment (clothing),
let us therefore be content.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drown men in destruction and perdition (hell).
For the love of money is the root of all evil
which while some coveted after ( were greedy for),
they have erred (went away) from  the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  (I Timothy 6:6-10).


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