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Stewardship Thoughts

September 2017

The Blessing of Contentment

“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:11-12).

Of all the gifts God gives us, contentment may be one of the most important, yet least understood and most elusive. To find the source of contentment, we may need to experience discontent in the places many of us search for it. It is contrary to our thinking that less of something, material goods, power or fame, actually results in having more of what we really crave: peace, reliance on God, and being known by him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for all your blessings to me. Thank you especially for the price that you were willing to pay for my redemption. Help me to be more thankful and help me to live with an attitude of contentment. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

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Money Can Be a Curse

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:37).

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).

“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9).

Prayer: Dear good and gracious heavenly father, I know that you are the source of all good things. Help me to be a faithful and wise manager of the money that you trust to me. Amen.

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The Condition of your Heart Determines your Attitude toward Giving

“For I testify that [the Macedonians] gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability …  And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will” (2 Corinthians 8:3-6).

After Jesus changed Zacchaeus’s heart, Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector, “stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord!  Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’” Zacchaeus stopped hoarding his money and began using it as a tool to help others and give glory to God.

“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. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on’” (Luke 21:1-4).

Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me a loving and giving heart.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Give Thanks to God for what You Have

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth . . .” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).

“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:12-13).

“What do you have that you did not first receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).

 Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to remember that from your hand come all good things. Amen.


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New Testament Tithing

Even though, as New Testament Christians, we are no longer commanded to tithe, the tithe is relevant! As forgiven and redeemed children of God, we see the tithe more as a guide to giving than a command. Because of what Jesus did on the cross for each of us, our giving changes from a “got to” to a “want to” give. We give out of love rather than just duty. Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Through faith, we can give willingly and cheerfully. Faith, which comes from hearing the message through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17), determines our giving more than our financial ability to give. Thus, as children of God through faith in Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we tithe but are not limited to tithing. Through faith and trust, many of us will give beyond the tithe. Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much will be asked” (Luke 12:48). For those with above average incomes, giving above the tithe may be an appropriate expression of gratitude for the financial blessings received. 

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, all things are made to praise and honor you. Help to show my praise and my gratitude through what I give. Grant me a generous heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 

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