$hrewd - Part 4 Building Trust, @imagechurch, Dumfries, VA
Despite the turmoils and trials that we face in this life, God is faithful to His promises to us, to the joy that reaches into our hearts.
Those people that are surrounding Jesus at this moment, the rebellious and the religious crowds. Both DESPERATELY needed the same truth, and both were lost. Even after the parable of the lost, including the Prodigal Sons, Jesus continued to preach and reach to the same crowds that are there.
The big highlight of this parable is that if this guy, who is rebellious and a sinner, can be this shrewd, then those who walk in the light should be even more shrewd with the things that God has given to us, using them to the highest potential to reach the lost.
Out of this parable we have seen that we are not the masters, we are not the owners, one day we will give an account for our lives, and some com moon cents ways to manage our lives. We all need to stop and think about the future, but not worry about it. The decisions we make in our 20's will pay off in our 40's, this is equally true with our spiritual lives. If we are going to be intentional with our lives, God has given us a brain to apply that desire.
Bibically building trust comes with a few requirements: 1. We are faithful with what we have been given.
It is more important that we are purposeful and intentional with what we are given, than continuing to try and get more. We are all given a portion according what we can handle at any given moment, if we are responsible and faithful with what we are given now, that will affect how much we are given tomorrow. This includes our money, our time, our talents, and our responsibilities.
If you invest eternally, you will reap eternally. When we magnify Jesus with all that He has given to us, our lives will be better off.
If we are intentional with our time, that will often include our money. When we invest our time, that may sacrifice every other aspect of our lives, but the cost is nothing compared to the treasure we are investing into.
- Faithfully managing that which belongs to another.
The word 'faithful' means "reliable ir dependable."
The things we own are not going to be eternal, but that does not mean that it is evil either. But we must remember that it all will return to dust. The eternal things that we invest in will require us to sacrifice OF ourselves, but will never be turned into dust.
We are going to have all eternity with Jesus, so we should be shrewd with what we invest in during this life. Jesus is calling us to magnify Him in our unrighteous wealth.
We should all be asking ourselves, with all that Jesus has given us at this moment, how are we using it to magnify Jesus.
Inconsistent giving, leads to inconsistent living. If we talk about Jesus, but do not invest anything into His mission, that is the deeper hypocrisy.
If we do not manage our lives for the glorification of Jesus, then we are not living according to what we really believe. If Jesus is the ultimate owner of our lives, then we need to live as shrewd managers of that which we do not own. Glorify God in every aspect of our lives, invest eternally and let God handle the details.
There are somethings in our lives that we need to let Jesus get a hold of. Examine your heart and honestly see what we really invest in, ourselves or Jesus. We are called to line up our lives with what Jesus calls us to do.
When we are owned by our possessions, then we are slaves to unrighteousness. Jesus died so that we can be free from slavery of the heart. If our bank accounts and schedules are out of control, we cannot claim to be investing in Jesus.
If we want a great reward in our lives, invest time in the Word of God, daily and consistently. Our first and easiest sacrifice is our time, if we cannot sacrifice time, then we will never sacrifice our treasures.
We are FREE to give of our time and our treasure. If we are a slave to our money, then we are not free to give anything.
Who owns our lives, and how should we manage it?
Created over 2 years ago