We have been talking about Biblical Stewardship all month and this may be what He is telling you to do, but for others He may be telling you it is time to be a good steward in other ways in the church and in His Kingdom.
When Mother Teresa of India visited Los Angeles a few years ago before her death, a physician named Gerald Jampolski heard her speak. Attracted by her spiritual power that emanated from her, he asked her, ‘Would it be alright if I accompanied you on your coming tour to Mexico? Whenever I am around you, I feel the presence of God.’
She replied, ‘Dr. Jampolski, I do not object to your joining me, but you said you wanted to experience inner peace. Find out how much it costs to fly to Mexico and give that money to feed and clothe someone in need, and you will find the inner peace you seek.’ Dr. Jampolski followed her advice and discovered that she was right. That portion of our money that brings us the deepest joy and lasts the longest is that which we give away.” Michael Duduit, Just a Thought, 11/14/03
Share your time and your efforts working for God in organizations that honor Him and that blesses the poor and needy. Even working in the church in various places of service is part of stewardship and it is a gift of salvation too. Mr. Dennis has a survey that may help you know where you can effectively serve this church; check with him if God is talking to you.
I want to say that when you live like we have been talking about, because of a changed life through salvation and renewal of your commitment to God, He says that you are laying up treasures in heaven. Our goal should first be to (1) worship the Father who sent Jesus who died for our sins and rose again on the third day to have victory over death. Amen! Through His resurrection He gives us eternal life and then our new life should count for Christ through (2) reaching others for Him and sharing our testimony like the man at the beginning of this message. What better story can we tell of Jesus Christ, His love for everyone and His ability to change lives. When we get saved God changes us so much that we desire to serve Him in His kingdom’s work, here and everywhere for His glory and honor.
So today, come to the cross for salvation and come to the cross for service to the King!
There is a changed life ahead of you if you are willing to take the chance by faith. For the believer, you won’t be taking a chance but a sure thing, trust the God who made you and will give you new life, new purpose and meaning with a new power that only God can give you. Think of it this way, give up the old tired, empty and weary way you have been living and claim the faith that is your to have so that God can do a miracle in your life. Aren’t you ready yet?