January 11

Discover Your Destiny...Like Abraham

“Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” Genesis 14:20b

Chapter fourteen of Genesis records for us a significant event in the pilgrimage of Abraham.  This godly man becomes a warrior as he joins in defeating four kings who have united against  five kings of the valley. War would not have interested Abraham, except for the fact that Lot,  his nephew, was captured and taken into captivity. Today’s text picks up with Abraham  returning as a conquering hero. His high esteem, already in the eyes of others, has gone higher. He is now known throughout the land.

At this point in his prosperity, he is faced with a significant choice. In fact, his future destiny  hangs in the balance of this choice. This choice is a spiritual battle, and it is a greater battle  than the physical one he has just fought. Will he become worldly with all these possessions, or  will he become rich in God’s eyes because he is a giver?

Life is all about making choices. In this Bible passage, Melchizedek (King of Salem and Priest  of God Most High) is a picture of Jesus Christ. With that in mind, you can see that Abram made a wise choice by giving back to God a tenth of what God had given him. In all that God  gives to you each day, do you give any back to Him? Your time, finances, your gifts and  talents? Spiritual growth will result from worshipping the Lord through giving.  

Prayer for today: Dear Lord, as the wonderful Provider of all our needs, help us to  faithfully and cheerfully give to others. You have blessed us with gifts of time and skills and income. May our hearts be full of gratitude as we share Your love and blessings  with all people everywhere. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”