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THE LEECH'S DAUGHTERS

Proverbs 30:15 reads, "The leech has two daughters,'Give,' and 'Give.'  There are three things that will not be satisfied, four that will not say, 'Enough'....  The 'leech's daughters' are not 'Salvation Army bell ringers' challenging us to 'give' but rather to GIVE TO THEM!  During this season in our culture is seems there are 'leeches' all around!  While followers of Christ are to be characterized by service and giving, it it NOT like Jesus to never be satisfied or content.  Contentment in the Scriptures spoken of in very positive terms.   

Especially during the holidays there are gifts we 'need' and things we want and possessions we 'must' possess.  Yet, 1 Timothy 6:6-7 says, "...godliness with contentment is great gain...we brought nothing into the world...we can take nothing out of it." 

Jesus said in Matthew 6:32-33, "For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  This Christmas, let us not be like the pagans inhabiting the culture in which we live.  Rather, let us be like our Savior and not require from but rather pour into the lives of those around us....and let us be content with all the Lord has poured so richly into our lives!  

 

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CHOOSE WISELY

The value of something is determined by comparing it to something else. God is infinitely valuable because He is one of a kind. A rarity. Unique.  Even though we are unique in personality there are other "humans" on this planet.  Therefore, while made in God's image we are not God himself. He is holy. He is unique. He alone is God.  Therefore, our deepest joys eternally and even  earthly speaking find their fulfillment in Him (Psalm 16:11).  There is nothing more valuable than relationship with Him and the potential of eternal relationship is staggering in its weight and scope (John 14:1-6) and flows forward through history from the birth, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.

 

Interestingly, it seems as though there were many in Zephaniah's day who had trouble making an appropriate value judgment in relation to the Eternal God.  They thought that they could both swear allegiance to Him and to Milcom--almost as if to say that they could not choose who was best. And for this mixture--a kind of syncretism--they paid dearly, for the "day of the Lord" was a reality that they were soon to reckon with and that we all, in a larger sense, must also reckon with.  C.S. states it well when he wrote in The World's Last Night and other essays: "Women sometimes have the problem of trying to judge by artificial light how a dress will look by daylight. That is very like the problem of all of us: to dress our souls not for the electric lights of the present world but for the daylight of the next. The good dress is the one that will face that light. For that light will last longer".  God has been incredibly gracious to us by sending His Son to us and thereby revealing Himself to us. Let us choose wisely then over all that this world has to offer for the day of the Lord is indeed coming.

 

 

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