February 14, 2012
Today’s Text: Ephesians 4:28 “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”
Today’s Key Thought: A wise steward of their vocation uses their income to serve others.
As Christians, we have a common responsibility to work diligently. Proverbs consistently tells us that a person who is lazy or slothful will have no blessings from their laziness. Ephesians tells us that as Christians we are to put off certain sinful lifestyles, one of them being a life of thievery. Many would say, “I’m no thief!” yet millions of people willing steal from their companies or places of work every day in the form of wasted time. Financial statistics tell us that $759 billion dollars annually is literally stolen from employers in the form of wasted time in the workplace. As Christians, we have been called to put away thievery and to work that which is good in our places of employment. The reason to work diligently in our workplace is not only so that we are not thieves, but also so that we may have to give to others who are in need. A wise steward of their earned wage understands that their income is a tool to serve the Lord. A Christian is called to be a generous giver and Ephesians tells us that we should use some of what we earn from working to give generously to others in need. A lifestyle of an open and giving hand in a world of clinched fists frees us to serve the Lord and make a sizable impact in the lives of those looking for the love (and ultimately the good news of the gospel) of our Lord in their broken lives.
Are you aware of your call to live generously? A wise steward uses their income to serve others. Today’s challenge is put aside a time for yourself (and your spouse) to agree on an amount you will use to give to a cause that will show God’s love in our world, then give generously with that amount and watch what God will do with your generous living!
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I love to give. I have often dreamed of what I would do if I had unlimited funds. Like anyone, it’s fun to think of what I would do if I ever “hit the lottery.” I am happy to report that my thoughts of that money have always first gone to missions, church needs, and family and friends who were in trouble. I love the thought of helping others. I certainly do what I can within our budget now , but it is fun to think big. Don’t get me wrong, I would probably be doing all of the above dressed better and in a nicer car—-lol. But back to reality, even though I am not a millionaire (yet), I can still use the resources God has already given me for good. I do this already, but like anything else could probably be doing it better. Even if you are a student and don’t work yet, you can still use other resources to give generously. Using your time is a great example or even a talent. You may not be able to afford to buy a meal for a church family in need, but you could offer to cook it. Be creative. It really is more of a blessing to give than to receive.
I’m with you laura! I love to give too and it makes me happy to because u know that person is happy too. Whenever I give, it comes from the heart. Sorry I wasn’t on yesterday I ke
To finish my comment i kept putting it off I’m sorry guys I shouldn’t be doing that it’s displeasing to God and everyone else. I also have a prayer request. My sisters eardrum burst. Can u guys pleeeeeeeease pray f
Sorry I kept hitting the done button on my iPod what I was saying is that can you guys pleeeeeeeease pray for her? Thanks love you guys 🙂
Praying Allie! & I totally understand how it is to put things off. I have a really bad habit of that! We need to keep each other accountable!
We have actually recently done this and it was during a time when we had other things happen in our finances like multiple car repairs among other things but it was not intimidating because we knew that what we were doing was something that God put on us to do. It was a blessing to be a blessing and I am thankful for that. I am thankful for the ability to be able to work hard and that my husband provides for our family. God is so wonderful!
It’s a hard concept, for unbelievers to wrap their mind around, that everything in this world is God’s, including our money, time, home, etc. It’s hard to live in a world centered around a life that contricts what the bible teaches. The world says everything we earn is ours, and up to us and is our decision what we do with it. Part of that statement is true- it is our decision what we do with the things God has provided us with, and it’s our job to follow what God has said to do with it. Stewardship is such a challenge. Over the course of this series, I’ve realized I’m an awful steward, and God’s really put a burrden in my heart to change that. I owe God everything I have, and with that being said, I need to be giving generously more. I never have a problem with giving, because I really like to give and do good things for others. I’ve always had this mentality, but I know I can definetly do this more! I’m going to steal no more time, and work with my hands, to do good, and give it to those who need it. God’s blessing are countless, and we don’t deserve them, yet He continues to bless us for the work we do for Him. What’s better then serving God for the greater good of others through His love?