God is pushed to the sidelines
This devotional today is a must-read for everyone. Go download the devotional PDF and read for Jan. 17.
Means. Christians frequently rely on material things. In doing so, God is pushed to the sidelines. We lean on human innovations. We trust in academic degrees to equip for ministry. We assume buildings are necessary for worship. They may be important but hardly imperative. A few with God overcomes the many that depend on themselves. The hope of the world lies in the Lord, Psalms 31:1-5. Faith in Him is far more powerful than dependence on ourselves, Ephesians 6:10.
This reliance on material things is all too evident, especially in missions.
Focus question: What material things do I consider essential to success? What must I do to be among the few who depend upon God?