1 Peter 4:10: "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
What does it mean to be a good steward? I think that many would immediately think of money. This is true, and the problems that America has in our day and time is that we are not good stewards of our money, especially the government. I am afraid for the future for this country and that we are almost twenty trillion dollars in debt. The chickens; I am afraid are about to come home to roost. If this does happen many of our day don’t have the spiritual fortitude or the spiritual discernment to endure such a crisis.
The Bible tell us that when we do it God’s way; "For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you. (Deut. 15:6) I believe this verse; and think America and our leaders need to take a long look in the mirror because this is not us. We owe Billions of dollars to countries that hate us.
Now the same is true for you and I and our personal income. If we put the Lord first in every area of our life we will be one who lends and not borrows. There are also other ways to be a good steward and one of those areas is in the area of time.
Unlike money, time comes to all of us in equal amounts. In fact, everyone has all the time there is - twenty-four hours a day. But what an astonishing variety in our use of that time and the results of our choices. To a large extent this is due to wide differences in our talents, energy and opportunities. But in the last analysis, how we use our time depends on our goals. We make hours count for what we think is important. This is why the Lord has lead us to preach a series on “Living on Purpose”.
In some of the parables, Jesus portrays life as a stewardship. He tells stories of stewards who are good or bad according to the way they manage their individual assets. Jesus says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48) Paul writes, "It is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy” (I Corinthians 4:2) And Peter instructs, "As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (I Peter 4:10)
Does it take discipline? Yes it does, but the Lord knows that you and I can’t do it by ourselves so He sent us a parakletos,(Greek) one who comes along side to aid and comfort and to strengthen. To think that Living Power of the most High now resides in me and He has to come to strengthen me, to empower me, to enlighten me and I could go on and on.
The Battle that you and I face is, "Are we going to allow Him to fight those battles, to take our messy unorganized life and to clean it up?" Are we going to get out of His way and allow Christ to live in us through the power of the Holy Spirit and to take control? My prayer for you is that you will tell Him to move in and take over.
- Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor who Jesus Loves.
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