January 26, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 25:45
Who then are the faithful and wise servants whom their master puts in charge of giving food at the right time to those who live in his house?
Thought for the Day: This is the opening verse from the sermon text this morning. It asks an important question of stewardship? As stewards of God’s resources (those who have been invited to be the care-givers and distributors of earthly resources), are we going to be faithful and wise in regard to the charge that has been put before us? It is a tough question. How much do I keep for myself? How much of my responsibility do I pawn off on others? What excuses do I make? Notice that I used “I statements” in my questions. I was asking myself those questions, and to be honest, I am not always pleased with the answers. What does it mean to be a good steward of all the resources that have been entrusted to me? Of course, acknowledging how resources have been “entrusted” is central to the idea of stewardship. Greater responsibility is given to those who have much, and we cannot go down the road of, “Well I worked hard for what I have!” I don’t find Jesus giving us eligibility requirements for anyone. Instead, Jesus is looking for those who are willing to be faithful and wise in this important work. Will that be us?
Prayer: Let me be a faithful steward with the plentiful resources of life, O Lord. In a world consumed with an attitude of scarcity, let my life represent abundance. And in that abundance, call me to the work of sharing and distributing what you have entrusted to me, but of course, ultimately belongs to you. Amen.
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