Powerpoint - February 15, 2017

How You Can Avoid Becoming Spiritually Overweight

February 15

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6:9-10

One day several years ago, I was outside doing a little yard work. Now for me, that’s a rare occasion. But this particular day I happened to be outside when I saw a beautiful blue jay scratching on the ground. He picked up a talon full of dirt, but then did a strange thing. He carried it over to a bucket and put it in there.

After that, he went back to scratching the ground, grabbed another clump of dirt, and flew it over to the bucket. He did this a few dozen times until the bucket was about half full of dirt. Then, he grabbed the bucket by the handle, flew up about 10 feet, had a heart attack, and died.

Now, you don’t believe that story, do you? Well, I hope not, because it’s not true. You know birds are smarter than to try to fly off with an overloaded bucket of dirt. Yet, isn’t that what so many people do? They fill their lives up with dirt and take off, ready to fly, but they die because they haven’t filled their lives with things that matter.

Material things make wonderful servants, but terrible masters. So many have a lot in the pocketbooks but nothing in their person. Fill your bucket with things that matter, not things that weigh you down, and God will empower you to soar higher than you ever could have imagined!


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