Ministry is like a package of Ramen Noodles. (more…)
Giving is such a misunderstood practice in our world today that I want to spend some blog time talking about this practice of giving. Be reminded we spend our money on what’s important to us…
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or
Arbitrate or over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:13-21 ESV (esvbible.org)
The Rich Fool of Jesus’ parable could be the poster boy for the American Dream.
He worked his land, earned a good living and planned to enjoy the fruits of his labor. But he could also pass for what is too often the American Reality. Ruled by selfishness and greed, he ignored the One (Jesus) who created the land, the One (Jesus) who made it produce a harvest, and the One (Jesus) who numbered his very days.
Here is the big idea- Stewardship. As Christians we believe everything we have comes from God and belongs to God: life, family, money, resources, time, job, talents – everything (1 Corinthians 10:26). We are stewards of everything he gives us. He owns it; we use it. Meaning we are just putting to use what God has trusted us with. How are you doing with that responsibility?
In addition to money he has given us much more- forgiveness, righteousness, and eternal life through the work of Jesus on the cross.
How do you and your giving fit to this picture? Are you heavenly minded or still connected to the ways of he world?
With knowing that what we do makes a difference another thing we have to remember is to ensure what’s influencing us is acceptable for those we are influencing. Like I said before I had two people for a couple years poor out everything they had into me and a couple other youth in the town I lived in. I didn’t get wasted on me.