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Becoming A Faithful Steward

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:44-46 (NKJV)

We have been blessed with so much in America.  Even so, I have to wonder if we have become jaded to a degree, meaning we may have lost our excitement for the blessing of having our needs met by God. In fact, there can even be a temptation to desire more, including the things other people possess — thinking we will somehow be content if we had those things.  When this happens we will usually soon find ourselves no longer content with the abundant blessings we possess. 

So, how is it that we can have so much, and yet we can still want more?  We can find the answer to this question in 1 John 2:16 (NKJV), which says, “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

The truth is, the things of this world will excite us and even make us content for a short time, but soon enough this temporary excitement will wear off and we will be looking for that next something new — both physically and emotionally. If we’re truly going to be content then we need to be looking at Jesus. We must be focusing on what He has done for us as well as what He wants to do in, and through us.  When we look to the example of how Jesus lived His life here on Earth, then we will regain the proper perspective of what is truly important, and it will help change our view of things, as well as changing our desires. 

As we look around, we’ll find that there are many people around us who lack the basic necessities in life, such as food, clothing, shelter, and love.  And there are even more who don’t possess the knowledge of the gospel message.  When we see people in need; people with so little, or who are spiritually lost we should be moved with compassion to help meet their needs (Matt. 25:34-46).  

It’s also important for us to remember that everything we have is God’s (Ps. 24:1; Deut. 8:17-18; 1 Tim. 6:17) — we’re just stewards.  If we view this truth in proper perspective we will be more inclined to seek His will for how we invest into the lives of others. If it is our desire to be used as a vessel of honor, God will acknowledge our heart and bring opportunities to invest into the lives of others (1 Cor. 4:1-2). 

I want to encourage you today to look around and see if there is somebody you can bless.  Ask God to show you clearly — to write it on your heart.  And then follow His leading by sharing with those in need and watch what happens.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 2:16, what comes from the world?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be used by the Lord to invest into the lives of others? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to use you today to help others who are in need. Don’t judge or justify why you shouldn’t give—just give with a joyous heart as if you are giving to God. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for allowing me to have a relationship with You and with Jesus. Thank You for reminding me that I am here for a short time, and that I need to make good use of everything You have given me for the furthering of the Kingdom. In Jesus’ precious name., amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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