Monday AM Launch, What’s Next?

Luke 3:10 – 14 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely —be content with your pay.”

I find it interesting that while John the Baptist was baptizing new believers, when asked by those recently dunked, what they should now do next. What he told the crowd to do was in regard to their extra belongings, for those in the financial sector (tax collectors) to be fair in financial dealings, and to soldiers (probably conscripted soldiers, who agreed to work for a term of years for a certain price) to be content with their wages and not extort others.

Of the many things that John could have commented for them to do such as prayer and worship, he talked into their material, financial and work lives; areas of life that must be extremely important to God.

I recall when I was a new believer, one of the first things I was wisely advised to do was to consider my income, belongings and financial affairs, which were all now His. I began to tithe and walk in obedience in all aspects of life. I think sometimes this step is either skipped or not emphasized today with new believers, perhaps fearing people’s perception of the church just wanting people’s money. However when I look back, I don’t think it seemed this way to me at the time, although it did to some of my friends.

Often people wonder what they should do next, either as new believers, or long-term Christians, to deepen their faith. One great place to start is with our finances, work lives and giving extra material belongings away.

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