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Stewardship Thoughts

October 2017

Blessed to be a Blessing

God’s Word clearly directs us to use the blessings we receive from him to bless others. We are blessed to be a blessing. In Christ’s name, we are to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and help the sick (Matthew 25:35-36). God blesses us not only to take care of our needs; he blesses us so that we can use what we receive to bless others. Paul wrote “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).

“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him what he needs…Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” (Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10).

Prayer: Lord, grant me a loving and giving heart. Help me to be a blessing to others. Amen.

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God Calls Some to Give Outrageously

God provides both the means and the motivation to give. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to give the Lord our first and best. As God did in Scripture, he will call some of us to give extravagantly.

The Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:9-16). In obedience to God’s prophet Elijah, she used the last of her flour and oil to make him a meal. She gave all that she had.

King David’s gift for the Temple: “Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple” (1 Chronicles 29:2-3).

The Macedonians’ gift to the distressed Christians in Jerusalem: “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity” (2 Corinthians 8:1).

Prayer: Lord, you bless us so lavishly. Use us as your channels to bless others. Amen.

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The Sin of Selfishness and Greed

Our society wants us to believe that happiness and contentment are within our reach if we just acquire a few more things. Advertisements are geared to make us feel discontent so that we will buy more things to make us happy. Greed will not allow contentment, because it always urges us to acquire more. No matter how hard we try, we cannot be satisfied by worldly things. The love of money and the things money can buy can potentially possess a person’s life like no other emotion can. A person can spend a lifetime chasing prosperity that, when found, often destroys him as we learn through the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21): Because of the success the farmer had, he was going to tear down his barns to build bigger ones. Jesus called him a “fool” because he did nothing to prepare for his eternal life.

He excluded God, and he selfishly ignored his neighbors. The rich man thought that the riches were actually his riches, when, in fact, they were on loan to him from God. He denied God’s authority; therefore, “God said to him, ‘you fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God” (verses 20-21).

May God help us all live lives that are detached from material things.

Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me when I become greedy. Help me to be more content. Let me find my satisfaction and joy in you Amen.

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The Generosity of Women

God uses both men and women to help the needy and extend his kingdom. The following are some examples of women who gave generously in Scripture:

“As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ he said, ‘This poor widow has put in more than all the others’” (Luke 21:7).

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair” (John 11:3).

“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36).

 Prayer: Lord, thank you that in spite of my sinfulness, you are generous with me. Fill me with a spirit of generosity. Amen.


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