Thriftiness, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 74)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 74

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Thriftiness, Part 3 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

6. Thriftiness is gathering up the fragments after a project. When Jesus fed the five thousand, He demonstrated thriftiness by not allowing the remaining food to go to waste. “And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full” (Matthew 14:20). Thriftiness requires diligence, whereas extravagance breeds slothfulness. Solomon pointed out this when he wrote, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious” (Proverbs 12:27).

7. Thriftiness is saving during times of plenty. When a person’s income increases, it is his tendency to also increase his standard of living, spending the increase on personal comforts and luxuries. This tendency is identified in Scripture. “When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?” (Ecclesiastes 5:11). On the other hand, Joseph demonstrated the wisdom of thriftiness when he gave a survival plan to Pharaoh. During the years of plenty, twenty percent of the harvest was stored, and then it was used during the lean years. (See Genesis 41.) Thriftiness requires a longrange goal that is more important than immediate luxuries and conveniences. Our goal is to advance God’s kingdom and please the Lord.

Because thriftiness is related to good stewardship, the requirements that Jesus gave to His disciples for faithfulness would apply. First, one must be faithful in little things. Second, one must be faithful in the use of money. Third, one must be faithful in caring for that which belongs to another person.

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

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