Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 8/30/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 6:25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, or clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?”

It seems to be what we do best. We spend our lives consumed with trying to get enough food, drink, shelter, or clothing. Everything we do revolves around it. And for most of us, having enough is not enough. We always strive to have more than enough so that what we have will be enough in case something unexpected comes our way.

Jesus is saying here to not work for the necessities of life; He is saying don’t worry about whether or not what you have is enough. He is saying that life is so much more than what we have. He is saying that if we understand what life is really all about, we will be content with what we have and what we have will be enough.

Life doesn’t consist of our food, clothing, drink, shelter, or anything else we might obtain in this world. Life consists of how we relate to God. Life is having a relationship with God. If we don’t have a relationship with God, we are dead. In other words, real life is spiritual and not material. We can have all the riches of earth and not be spiritually alive.

If you are blessed with much, use what you have to bring God honor and glory with thanksgiving from your heart. If you don’t have much, be content with what you have with thanksgiving and use what you have for God’s honor and glory. Trust God and He will supply all your needs.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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