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Worthiness

[H]eaven is like a king who prepared a wedding party for his son. But [the invited] paid no attention and went away—some to their fields, others to their businesses. … The king was angry. … “The wedding party is prepared, but those who were invited weren’t worthy … invite everyone you find to the wedding party.” — Jesus (Matthew 22:1-9 (CEB)

What determines the worthiness for heaven is not social status, intelligence, talent, even great character. What determines worthiness is the willingness to lay down one’s own agenda for God’s opportunities.

Sound bite: “God can build character, what he needs is willingness to drop our agenda for his.”
Prayer: Jesus, help me to be alert to your divine opportunities and never be too busy to say, “Yes”, to you. Amen.

— fritz@langgang.com

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When they handed [Jesus] a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” – Matthew 22:18b-21

The determining factor of ownership is the imprinted image or likeness of the object. Jesus told the crafty Pharisees that since coins were made with Caesar’s likeness Caesar has the right to them.

Focus on that last part of Jesus’ statement, “give to God what belongs to God”. This was not a lesson on money but on ownership.

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” – Genesis 1:27

God’s image has been etched on our lives, by rights he possesses legitimate ownership. God is not interested in our money, he wants us.

“Lord, you made me in your image and rightfully deserve my life. Come take possession and use me for your purposes” – Amen.

– fritz

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