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!