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The Faithful Steward

25 Jun

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The story of the Bible is the story of redemption. We were slaves to sin and destined for death but Jesus gave His life in exchange for ours and now we can have eternal life with Him in Heaven forevermore if we accept that substitutionary gift of salvation on our behalf. If you are saved than we no longer live for ourselves but for the One who rescued us from hell.

Since we have been redeemed from the death penalty by Jesus we belong to Him. We are stewards of our ourselves and our possesions which really belong to God. The Christian concept of stewardship is that God owns everything and we have been given whatever we have so we can manage it for Him.

In Luke 12:42-46 is a parable with two very different possible endings given. From these two endings we will see some important lessons on how to be a faithful steward. This parable doesn’t detail what the Faithful steward did right it just says that he was doing what he was supposed to do. But if we contrast the faithful steward with the unfaithful one we find three things that the unfaithful guy did wrong and obviously the faithful steward did right.

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It’s Mine!… Isn’t It?

18 Jun

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The Bible clearly states that when we come to God He asks us to give all our possessions away to Him. Now before you say, “he’s crazy!” and hit the back button on your browser let me explain.

When we give Jesus everything that means that in our minds we turn over the title deed of everything we say we own to God. We don’t necessarily have to sell everything like the rich young ruler but we need to be willing to do whatever God asks us to do with it because we realize that it along with ourselves belongs to God.

Yet so many of us try to play footsy with God. We see how close we can come to Him and still maintain our own sense of ownership over our things. Lets stop playing footsy with God and simply hold out our open hands to Him.

The wonderful thing is that when we give everything to Him, When we hold out our open hands to Him, He fills them so full we can’t get our fingers around it.

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The young man hung back in the shadows. He was puzzled. So many lives changed. Handicapped people who had once hobbled to and fro now leaping with joy. Men and women who had once been depressed sinners now radiating with peace and joy confident that they were forgiven. Mothers once overwhelmed with the fears and tasks of motherhood now chatting happily telling everyone they met about the wonderful things that had happened to them. All these people’s miracles seemed so much the same yet there was only one connection between all of them, a Man, a Teacher.

Now a group of mothers were bringing their children to the teacher. His friends rejected them outright but the Teacher welcomed them. As the young man heard the happy giggles of the kids he felt that nagging thirst for something better returning again. He had done everything he could think of to fill the empty place in his life. He had gained power and wealth. He was well respected as a righteous man. Everyone thought he had it all, everyone, that is, except himself. All the fame and fortune, all the good works and charitable deeds had failed to provide the peace and joy he sought. Yet the teacher seemed to impart just what he had sought all his life to all that came to him. But it was useless. After all, what could this poor teacher give him that he couldn’t buy with his great wealth?

The kids were leaving the house now. Their faces aglow with wonderment their laugh bespoke they’re total jubilation and peace. They had found the elusive joy that he had sought all these years. In shadows his heart began to be pulled toward the Teacher. Hope sprang up in his heart! Before he knew what he was doing he dashed out of the shadows and into the blazing sunlight little puffs of dust darted away from his feet as he ran to catch up with the Teacher. Finally, falling down at the feet of the Teacher, he asked the vital question, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17… Listen 12kbps Listen 16kbps View PDF Handout

 
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