A Proverb for the Day (18:16)

Patrick Street church of Christ (Dublin, TX)

“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16 NASB). Material resources are tools that can open doors. Properly used, money can help one build relationships and gain influence. This is not referring to giving bribes, but more like a gift to help establish, maintain, or celebrate a relationship. As in everything we have been blessed with, though, we need to consider how we can use them for the Lord. We need to seek after friendships that will help build up and strengthen God’s Kingdom and what influence we gain should be used to let our lights shine so God will be praised (cf. Matthew 5:16, 6:33). This is especially true if you have been blessed with earthly wealth. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). If God has blessed you in this way, He expects you to use it…

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