Friday, February 24, 2017

Last Days (4) - Heaping up treasures (LG42)

James 5:1-6  Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabbath. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

In the last days, the economy will be bad resulting in low profits or even losses. However, some owners still want to make or maintain their profits by cutting the pay of staff and this is wickedness. These wicked rich owners will face bankruptcy. We thank God that He has warned us, His beloved children, of His impending judgment on them.

In the olden days, the 11 tribes will tithe 10% of their income to support the Levites and feed the orphans, widows and strangers.

Deu 26:12  “When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year—the year of tithing—and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled,

Our Lord Jesus had bought us with His life and today we and all our belongings including our families are His.

1 Cor 6:19-20  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

God wants to bless us all the time even with His money in our care. As Christians, we do not tithe but give more than (fulfill) the tithes back to His various ministries with a cheerful heart.

2 Cor 9:7  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

In the New Testament church the disciples (hundreds of them) sold everything they owned in order to evangelize the millions in both Judea and Samaria.

Acts 4:33-35  And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

Today with about 25% Christians in the world, we will need a lot of money to reach all mankind. Note that all our money is the Lord's and they are meant to be used for His work. All low wage earners should give whatever are over their basic needs.

All rich brethren should try to give 50% (or more) of their profits to His work until they are no longer heaping up treasures on earth. Mark Zuckerberg a Jew (founder of Facebook), declared to give 90% of his profit to charity and he is not even a Christian.

Brethren, take God's warning seriously for Christians, who heap up treasures in the last days, are depriving God's ministries of the finance needed thereby causing much hurts, doubts, unbelief, pains, discouragements, and untold damages.

For 2017, test His faithfulness by not heaping up any treasure at all this year.