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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 26, 2012 - Stewards

By T. Ray Rachels

There is no portion of our time that is our time,

And the rest, God’s.

There is no portion of money that is our money,

And the rest, God’s money.

It is all His; He made it all, gives it all,

And He has simply trusted it to us to use in His service.

A servant has two purses, the master’s and his own,

But we have only one.

— Adolphe Monrod

E. Stanley Jones told the story of a wealthy farmer who was offended by a sermon from his pastor who had said in his morning message that all things in life, animate and inanimate, belong to God, they are His, He has given them, He is the owner!

The farmer decided to challenge his pastor by inviting him to be his dinner guest and showing off his farm. After a pleasant meal, the farmer drove with the pastor to the top of a hill in the middle of his land.

Pointing across the huge landscape and acreage, the farmer said, “You said this morning I don’t own anything. If I don’t own these acres, who does?”

The pastor quietly answered, “Ask me that question 100 years from now.”

Jones followed his story with an observation: “If in reality we don’t own our possessions, then the obvious thing to do is to have the sense to say to God: ‘Teach me how to work out the relationship between what You own and what I owe.’”

Jones, in his book How To Be a Transformed Person, noted eight steps to being God’s good steward. In summary, they are:

1. Settle it as something fixed: God owns it all; I own nothing. Everything I have is a trust. I must give an accounting to God of what I’ve been given to manage.

2. As an acknowledgement of that ownership, I will set aside one-tenth of all I earn. Then, I will manage the nine-tenths as He guides me.

3. Whatever I keep for myself is to make me more mentally, spiritually and physically fit for the purposes of the Kingdom of God.

4. I recognize that in giving I am only investing. Therefore, I will follow John Wesley’s encouragement, “Make all you can, save all you can, and give all you can,” for my giving is investing in eternal values.

5. I will put at God’s disposal my talents and my time. They belong to Him.

6. I will accept every task or opportunity, small or large, as a proving ground of faithfulness.

7. I will do all my little things in a big way, putting into all my tasks a spirit that will make the trivial into the triumphant. I will be a generous giver of time, talent and treasure.

8. I will make my last will and testament under God’s guidance, careful that I don’t misappropriate what God has entrusted me to invest in Kingdom purposes.

Jones’ closing prayer is, “O God, my talents are small, but in Thy hands they are multiplied, as everything is when in Thy hands. Amen.”

“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:1,2, NASB).

— T. Ray Rachels served as superintendent of the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God for more than 22 years.

 

 

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