A WISE STEWARD

After much thought about all the ways stewardship can apply in our lives, I found that God prompted me to remember that the way we use the bodies He gave us is a significant example of good or bad stewardship.

A WISE STEWARD


Read:  Luke 16:1-13
No servant can serve two masters;  for either he will hate the one, andlove the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise theother.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13)

When we think of being a steward, we may think of money andpossessions.  At this age, we may think we do not have much of anythingover which to be a steward.  However, one of our primary areas for wisestewardship is our life.  The body, combined with our mind and soul,can experience highly emotional battles as we deal with the matters ofright and wrong which will affect our entire lives. 

The choices we make will give us freedom or bondage — freedom tofollow the Lord or bondage to sin. Wrong choices result from our losingour focus on the Lord. In many cases, they are sins of the flesh. 

We can be pulled in two directions and feel like a hypocrite and afailure.  It can take a toll on us, even after we have decided to dowhat is right.  It can weaken and exhaust a person.  Most certainlythere will be an emotional effect which can very well affect usphysically.  

One common battleground shared by many of us is our love life.  In herbook, Passion and Purity, Elizabeth Elliot clearly affirms that tobring your "love life" under Christ’s control is a matter of bodilystewardship.  Billy Graham stated that "This book is definitely formen, too."  Ms. Elliot relates that "The majority will sacrificeanything–security, honor, self-respect, the welfare of people theylove, obedience to God — to passion."

We must not mistake passion for love.  The casual sex of today is theabuse of another person insofar as the one person has used the otherfor your his or her own gratification.  True love is not present inthat situation.  By being good stewards of our bodies, we can avoidsins of passion.  Our bodies are the vessels of God. 

If we have ever lost the battle, are we disqualified for the Christianlife and service?  Jesus came into the world specifically to redeem usfrom sin.  Paul wrote to the Corinthians "No fornicator oridolater,…will possess the kingdom of God."

But then he says, "Such were some of you, but you have been through thepurifying waters…."  We must not let Satan blind us to these facts. We can still be used.
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A few years ago the President of the United States stood before theworld and confessed to his sexual misconduct and acknowledged that "itwas sin."  No matter the sin, God will forgive those who truly arerepentant.  In this same spirit, we should be equally as eager toforgive and/or to accept forgiveness and sin no more.  (477 words)

PRAYER:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spiritwithin me.  Lord, I do want to maintain a clean heart.  I want to walkwith You.  In your name I pray.  Amen

Going Up?

"Behold now is the accepted time; behoild now is the day of salvation"                   (II Corinthians 6:2 KJV) 

When we step onto an elevator we have a choice of going up or down. A couple of times I have been deep in thought and did not press the button. I passed several moments just standing there, going nowhere. Then I realized I was remaining on the same floor. I had wanted to go up, but stood there without having made the simple choice.

As soon as I pressed the button, I immediately headed toward my destination with a thrust, knowing where I was going. I could even go back to my thoughts and have the comfort of knowing where I would end up.

Sometimes in life we can be at a standstill. There is the important choice of believing in Him and having eternal life. Once we make that choice, we can know our destination is Heaven and be about the work that we are to do in our life.

Lord, thank You for the gift of eternal life. May we each make the choices we need to make.

The Rainbow

That early June morning had been my father’s funeral and burial in a small town on the Kansas prairie. In the afternoon, a few members of the immediate family returned to the cemetery. As we stepped from the can, I saw a rainbow arching the background of my father’s grave. I exclaimed, “Look, a rainbow! A sign of promise and hope!”

Dad had leaned on the Lord’s promises and had reassured me that he was ready. The rainbow, in its wondrous array of beauty, signaled me that God keeps his promises.

Then a second rain bow appeared with the other. That double rainbow gave me double assurance that Dad was with the Lord. What a comforting memory of those two arches of glorious color stretched over my father’s fresh grave! The Lord always keeps his promises.

Lord, thank You for eternal life and the comfort of Your promises. Thank You that to be absent from the body is to be with You.