BRINGING NOTHING TO THE TABLE

I try hard to pick up on any clues that the Lord gives me through the week on what I should do my Sunday post about. Last night I had a dream about the buddy bench. This bench is where kids can go an sit if they are feeling lonely and need a buddy. If someone sees a person on the bench, then they are supposed to go and sit with them or invite them to go and play. I kept wondering how that was supposed to be my Sunday post topic, but since it was such a random dream, I figured that the Lord had to have made me dream that for a reason. So, I kept thinking about lonely people who might like an invitation to attend church, etc., but I was genuinely struggling. Then this morning, I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord was talking to me.

Yesterday, I wrote the following in my devotional journal.

“I have so much to be thankful for. Everything that has been given to me has been by the Grace of God. I have nothing and deserved nothing; it is all the Lord’s and is only on loan to me. I entered this world with nothing, and I will leave this world with nothing. Everything in-between is meant for my comfort and well being, and it is all provided by the Lord. He directs me and guides me in a way that will provide for others. I give thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart. It is too hard for me to list all of the material items that I am thankful for, I couldn’t even if I tried. The ink pen that I am writing with was created so that I could use it to write in this journal. Someone invented this technology, and that person had no idea his invention would have a small effect on my life. Use me, Lord, to affect others.”

I am not eloquent in my writing, but I wanted to share that with you because of what my devotional was on this morning. I turned the page of my devotional to find that my scripture for today was:

1 Timothy 6:6-9

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

I could not believe my eyes. I couldn’t have told you the verse in the Bible that even talked about bringing nothing into the world, but all at once, it was in front of me.

The devotional only mentioned verses 6-9, but verse 10 is the verse that I was most familiar with.

1 Timothy 6:10

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

I admit to working and striving for more. I want better and better, and I work to try to and accomplish those goals. I have way more food than I can eat, and you already know how many clothes I own. But, I don’t consider myself rich. I think of movie stars, and names like Bill Gates when I think of being rich. I feel like I am blessed but not overly rich. However, if you are reading this on your computer or smartphone, then the chances are that you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world. If you have shelter, own a TV, and a car you qualify. According to the Global Rich List:

If you make $20,000/year, you are almost in the wealthiest 11%.
If you make $30,000/year, you are almost in the wealthiest 7%.
If you make $50,000/year, you are in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people.

See where you rank at http://www.globalrichlist.com/ 

We all tend to think of ourselves as compared to people who might have more. When a financial hardship happens, we believe how poor we are. It’s very easy to focus on what we don’t have instead of thinking about how faithfully God has provided for us. When we take a step back from our immediate circumstances and look at others in the world, we can quickly see that God has taken care of us, maybe more than we realize.

Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I guess the real question is, where do you store your riches? Is it in the worldly things that you own, or is it in the salvation that comes from Christ? I am content with my blessings, but I need to regularly remember that they are only mine because the Lord provided them for me.

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Angie wrote:

    I am rich because I have everything I need in life: freedom, simple shelter, enough food and water, decent health and love.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Well said, Angie. I truly want for nothing.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  2. Johnna wrote:

    This a great post and affected me when I read it. Thanks once again for the scripture and for reminding me that it’s ok to have goals and to be the best I can whatever it may be. But I should also remember that God’s plan for me is what is important. What I have or accomplish is only what He graciously gives to me. And it may be given to me for a purpose I don’t even realize yet. Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Kaye wrote:

      Skipping my regular devotional this morn after reading your post. Thank you.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
      • Tania wrote:

        Goodness, Kaye, please do your regular devotional. These are only my thoughts, they can’t replace the quality time spent with the Lord.

        Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Johnna, I have goals and I strive for a lot of things. But, I am content at the same time. I am so grateful for all that He has given me, including the ability to do more. So, I will continue to strive and achieve until He decides that I am where I should be.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  3. Tracy wrote:

    What a wonderful and timely post. Thank you.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Tracy, I am glad that you liked the post.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  4. BeeeBeee wrote:

    I needed this today, thank you.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad the Lord used me to speak to you this morning.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  5. terrie wrote:

    1 Timothy 6:6-9 That was perfect today! I have the opportunity to invest in a business which could make a lot of money, but I couldn’t get excited about it. It felt wrong morally and wasn’t something I could be proud of. So I’m passing and will trust God will take care of my future.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Terrie, it is possible that the Lord meant this post for you. Pray on your decision and I am sure that you will be at peace with the answer.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  6. Cindy Brady wrote:

    I love your posts….especially on Sunday….it’s amazing how like-minded you and I are.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I appreciate your kind words. I love my Sunday posts!

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  7. I am rich beyond words. But the richness I am referring too are daily blessings that keep on coming at times not deserving it.
    The fact that I wake up everyday is my best blessing, my family, as well as friends, congregation members to know them n share God’s abundant love, grace and mercy is a blessing.
    .I could continue but my point is: all of us are VERY RICH because we all have one thing in common: OUR SAVIOUR’S ABUNDANT BLESSINGS GIVEN TO US DAILY IS OUR GREATEST REWARD, that’s why we are rich.
    Have a very Blessed Day and very Prosperous upcoming week
    ?????

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      We are all “the” King’s daughters. How much more could we possibly need?

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  8. Susan wrote:

    Thank you Tania fir the reminder. In this world of ours it is so easy to see how much we don’t have looking at others, but My God has supplied me with so much more than I deserve..He knows when to bless me and what is needed. I just must be a good steward of what He has already blessed me with.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I love that you said we must be good stewards with the Lord’s blessings!

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  9. Judith Holmes wrote:

    ? ur spirit is rich in the Lord
    Hallelujah

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I struggle. That is why I started my Sunday posts. My hopes were that my struggles might help others.

      Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  10. Shan Wright wrote:

    Tania, I am thankful for you and the wonderful influence you have on others for the glory of God. May God bless you always! You have been an inspiration to me.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  11. Trisia wrote:

    God’s message thru your hand was spot-on today and very much needed. Thank you.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  12. Cheryl Szukalski wrote:

    Thank you for my friend who passed this on to me. I have an opportunity to help someone and have been struggling with the decision as to whether it was the right thing to do…I believe God wants me to pay it forward.

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  13. Tania, I beg to differ. I think you are extremely eloquent in your writing. You make your point and back it up with relevant scripture so well ✝️

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
  14. Carol Granger wrote:

    I always ask God to provide me and my family enough. If we have enough we have all our needs fulfilled and want for nothing more. I am nothing without God and through him I am provided everything I need both spiritually and physically. Have a blessed day, Tonya!

    Posted 7.28.19 Reply
    • Margo wrote:

      Someone once reminded me that we pray “give us this day our daily bread”. My husband had just lost his job at 59 years old. It was such a hard time for us, a lesson in taking one day at a time. I feel that God has always taken care of us one way or another.

      Posted 8.7.19 Reply
  15. Cari wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this on Sunday. I had a chance to read it today, and today is when I needed it. Thank you for sharing!?

    Posted 7.29.19 Reply
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