A prominent biographer was asked to write a history of the Duke of Wellington. He was assured that he would have full access to everything that remained in his home as well as everything that had been written about him previously.
He began his task with great enthusiasm and interest. He studied where he went, what he did, his favorite places to visit, his family background and who his friends were. He searched through trunks and diaries. And although he had a fairly good understanding of the Duke, he was not satisfied with his research.
One day, while searching through a drawer, he came across his checkbook. He began to study what the Duke spent his money on and was finally able to put together a complete picture of who he was.
“May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation,” the Apostle Paul wrote. “Those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” The fruit of our salvation is certainly reflected in how we invest the gifts that God has given us – especially our money!
Our true character, who we really are, reveals the depth and intensity of our relationship with God. If we maintain a right relationship with Him and draw our spiritual nourishment from Him, others will find Him in everything we do. They will find His fingerprint on every page of our lives.
Prayer: Lord, as the author and finisher of our salvation, we ask You to be the beginning and end of our lives. May our lives reveal our submission to Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 1:11…filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.