And they scoffed. The Pharisees, who thought themselves the standard for upholding an appearance of righteous living, scoffed at the thought of being faithful in the use of wealth.
Oh, I’m sure they gave their tenth in a truly legalistic way.
But is that Jesus’ definition of faithful?
Two small copper coins for your thoughts on this?
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
I hope you are all taking time to write in your legacy journals. I’ve written a few special pages for my children in each of their books with some encouraging words and insights.
I skipped a few pages for later additions. Now I’m handwriting the Gospel of John for each child. I know I shouldn’t have a favorite book, but I love the way John relays the message of who Jesus is.
My hand isn’t accustomed to writing manually yet, so I can only write a couple paragraphs in each journal before I get a hand cramp. That will correct itself soon. But I want to make sure my handwriting looks good.
Have you started writing in your legacy journal?
What meaningful things do you plan to leave for your children when you die?
Money and store-bought things can be helpful but not as meaningful as a handmade item, a video with your voice or a handwritten note from you to them.
Too many people die and leave nothing but a few pictures and random vacation videos to their children and grandchildren. Those videos are precious because it gives the viewer a glimpse of who you were. It can spark a memory or emotional response.
But does that picture or video pass down any wisdom or information about the real you? Your beliefs, dreams and hopes are the essence of who you are.
I encourage each of you to start a journal for the specific reason of passing it down to your children and descendants. Create one for each child with unique insights and encouragement.
Write it by hand not electronically. It’s a legacy item and should take time.
I also encourage you to write in your favorite Bible chapters and stories with your commentary. Give examples of struggles you overcame with God’s help. Provide reasons for the hope you have in Christ Jesus. And share your failures and God’s grace.
I have a three-page letter I carry in my coat chest pocket that my grandmother wrote to me before she died. And I have another letter of stories she wrote to me about my grandfather’s childhood. They are special because she wrote them by hand in a time when handwritten notes are far too infrequent.
If you don’t know where to start, just start by writing down the book of Mark. It’s the shortest Gospel and will help you learn to write in cursive again.