Devotions for May 26, 2014

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Matthew 6:24-34

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: When you reflect on how you live your life, how does money play a part in it? In where you live, spend your time, or how you dress, what role does money play in those decisions? What about what jobs you take, where your kids go to school, or how often you compare yourself to other people? How many of your decisions and thought patterns have to do with money?

Q: Does the way you handle money and money issues differ from those who aren’t Christians? Should it be different? In what ways? There are about 2,350 verse in the Bible about money; what does that tell you about the importance of it to God? Do you place that kind of importance on it too?

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