Nehemiah 10: A Covenant with God
Much of the world thinks that Christianity is a rip-off. Because Christians see God as the Creator and therefore the owner of everything there is, we give a tithe, and even more, to the Lord as an appropriate response. Part of the confusion is that the non-Christian sees the church or Christian leaders as getting that money. While serious Christians see all they have as belonging to God, non-Christians basically see all they have as a result of their hard work! Christians must be very honest and responsible with the money they control. Otherwise they open the body of Christ to ridicule and suspicion by the non-Christian world. There is no way the body of Christ can function well unless all God's people support those who have forgone a secular job to do the full-time work of the Lord and the body. This chapter of Nehemiah is about making such a covenant of support.
Warming Up to God
What promises have you made or do you need to make with the Lord? Discuss them with him and ask for renewed energy for renewed faithfulness.
Read Nehemiah 10
Discovering the Word
Reflect upon your commitments to the Lord with family, at work or school, or in your times of fellowship with him alone. Rededicate yourself in specific ways to these commitments—and promise the Lord to have renewed effort and obedience.
Read more: http://www.ivpress.com/bible/study.php?study=307#ixzz4DXjldebY
Follow along as Pastor Gary blogs on the ministry and life of our charge.