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Portfolio of Power

January 27

 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of GOD, and not of us."  2 Corinthians 4:7



"... is GOD getting a reasonable return on HIS investment in you?"



Oh! What an inconceivable thing, that the fullness of the GODHEAD bodily would be deposited in our sinful ones.  That once we were out on the scrap heap of depravity; but now we are the very repository of all grace, is beyond the vernacular!  As much ado as we make regarding investment and return pertaining to our finances; the question then begs from today's thoughts ... is GOD getting a reasonable return on HIS investment in you?  "According as HIS divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness ..."    What a discrepancy there is in most of us Christians, between our GDP (Great Divine Provision), and our net worth to Glory. 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable service."  Are you okay with the LORD making regular withdrawals on HIS account with you?  Are you open 24\7, and at HIS disposal night and day to: "spend and be spent"?  Is your pride able to handle the headlines which read: GOD is Great! ... when you're the one totally dispersed in HIS service?  Truth be known, regarding the majority of us believers, we are guilty of embezzling HIS Excellency; all the while running bankers hours of spirituality, and smug about it to boot.  Inner pride always polishes the outer vessel, ignoring to our spiritual peril, and Heaven's profit line, the excellence of the power of GOD in each vessel which HE has redeemed.  Pharisee's focus on the external, the child of GOD must never; and the New Testament is replete with that very admonition. 

Conventional investment wisdom says to diversify, but not so with GOD, HE commands all our eggs in one basket. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."  Are you involved in a personal scandal against GOD ... set out to squander "divine power" and spend it instead on your own selfish pursuits?  What utter tragedy to arrive at the end of your earthly life, flush in the flesh, and bankrupt in grace! 

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" 

For Love of Country
John Greenleaf Whittier
(The Quaker Poet; 1807-1892)
"We meet today united free,
And loyal to our land and THEE,
To thank THEE for the era done,
And trust THEE for the opening one.

O make THOU us, through centuries long,
In peace secure, in justice strong;
Around our gift of freedom draw
The safeguards of THY righteous law:
And, cast in some diviner mold,
Let the new cycle shame the old!"

The Centennial Hymn - 1876

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