Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 25th, 2017
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
Proverbs 16:8 (NIV)
Little With Righteousness
Once again the Scriptures are comparing what we actually have with what we may want, need, or desire. The enemy may tempt us to break our own rules and the Lord’s in order to get ahead. Injustice is never the way to gain what we want. There is much greed and injustice in the business standards in our world. However, it is different for us as followers of the Lord. Pray today for those who are suffering because of the injustice of others.
Back in the day, Tilt Cove Newfoundland was a booming mining town with a population of 1500. That was until the mine closed back in the 1950’s and the people began to move away. Today Tilt Cove markets itself as the smallest town in Canada – population 4. Long gone are the grocery store, bowling alley, movie theatre and pubs the residents once enjoyed. All that remains is a couple of houses, and the Collin’s brothers, along with their wives who are sisters.
What the Kingdom of God says is important is diametrically opposed to what the world says is important. The world says that he who dies with the most toys wins. The world says that more is better, that wealth is important and the more you have in your bank account, the more important you are. But this isn’t what the Kingdom of God says. King Solomon puts the kingdom of God principle this way in Proverbs 16:8: “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.” What God sees as important is the purity of the heart. What God counts as vital is justice rather than wealth. The Church of Jesus Christ is filled with those who have little importance in the eyes of the world, but whose lives are lived in holiness and who treat others with honesty and justice. The King of kings looks into the heart to see what drives a person, and He looks to see how we treat each other. If you want to be great in the kingdom, cloth yourself with the righteousness of Christ and put others ahead of yourself. This is the better way.
These have been words from the heart.