February 27, 2009
Yesterday, Jesus taught us how to enter His Kingdom and attain what we truly need. Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount with a warning…and also a promise of a much greater
The Path to Eternity
life so long as we heed this warning. This is difficult to write in a public forum because it is not popular and most ignore these truths because they are not fluffy, feel-good ideas. Please do not read further if you’ve not first read the introduction to this sermon. Jesus is not discussing Salvation here, but rather how to live His true calling and Heavenly reality in your time here on earth.
The Lord’s Day of judgment is coming and we seem to be getting close, although I have no idea whether or not we’ll be alive when He comes. However, when this day comes, everything that exists (both Heaven and earth) will be destroyed and replaced with a new Heaven and a new earth. The only things in your life that will be untouched (not burned away) are the things that are founded in the Kingdom of Heaven.
We’ll take a few days to break down the sections here, but it’s going to come down to this. Jesus is going to use several parables to teach us… Read the rest of this entry »
February 27, 2009
Being a good steward for Christ needs to happen in every area and role in our lives. In each we ought to practice faithful and fruitful stewardship. As a true believer and disciple of Christ Jesus, it is
Money isn't the only thing we're called to steward...
naturally our duty to steward the things entrusted unto our care and influence. Which sometimes means changing our immature attitudes to become disciplined, internally and externally.
So Stewardship applies not just to physical assets, but to every area of life. Here’s how Paul stated it in his life: “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.” (1 Cor 4:1-2)
Peter stated it this way: “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Pe 4:10)
In every area of life there is something we are called to steward. But since I can’t mention them all, I’ll break them down into five areas Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2009
Let’s talk about our spiritual walk for a moment. Because of the ease of our lives and the fact that we grew up in a supposedly Christian society, many American Christians go through life thinking that because Jesus is their Savior, they are going to Heaven when they die and can then check that box off. It’s as good as done. You’re in.
Focusing on the Now: The key to both your spiritual walk and your finances
But Christ never says this. In fact, He speaks constantly about the Kingdom of Heaven being at hand…Now! He teaches that we are supposed to draw near to Him and that as we do this, we will be transformed by the renewing of our mind. That we will more and more come to resemble Him and come to know our Father in Heaven. That we should and will actually usher in the realities of Heaven to Earth. And He’ll do it right now. Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2009
Will you knock?
As we’ve been moving through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has been teaching us what to value, how to trust God for our own needs, and how to conduct ourselves with others. Today, Jesus shows us how to receive the full measure of the Kingdom that He has for us.
The secret? Ask… Seek… Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you” Jesus shows us that we must approach God in prayer for what we need. God is willing to give us the richness of Heaven, but He does not give it if we do not ask Him for it. Most people never even know to ask.
“Seek and you will find” It’s not enough to just pray a prayer once and hope to receive His blessing. We must go after Him for it. We must be hungry for more of God in our lives. Seek Him. Understand Him and what He’s doing. Worship Him. And do not give up on this seeking until you have what you are after. Read the rest of this entry »
February 25, 2009
We left off yesterday with this verse… 3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Jesus is talking about maturity in the Kingdom here. If you are less advanced (have grown less) in your walk with Christ, how can you help someone else grow past what they are dealing with who is far advanced of you? Your focus should be on your own spiritual growth in the Kingdom of Heaven. Only then are you ready to teach and train others. Of course, real life is always more complicated than this black and white picture. Read the rest of this entry »
February 25, 2009
When we look across multiple parables that Jesus teaches through, we notice several characteristics. We’ll put up one of them here, but make six observations based on several.
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43″Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 44″Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45″But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; 46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47″And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” (Luke 12:42-48)
- A Steward is one who is entrusted with responsibilities, positions and resources. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24, 2009
We’ve been discussing Biblical stewardship. There are many examples of stewardship throughout the Bible. Most of the great figures of the Old Testament were called to steward for God’s purposes. Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6), Joshua, the Judges, and the Kings were all called to steward God’s people Israel. Some did pretty well – some horribly. Daniel and Joseph are excellent examples of stewards for our purposes because they were called to do God’s work in a foreign land. They had to serve the secular powers while first and foremost serving God. And they both did it extraordinarily well. They sought God and He blessed them.
Let’s look at Joseph’s life. Joseph was given dreams from God of the amazing life ahead. But instead of having a nice, easy, “blessed” life, he was sold into slavery by his brothers, unjustly accused of raping his new master’s wife, and thrown in prison for years. What a blessing! Yet all the while, Joseph sought the heart of God and was faithful in the small things that were given to him in his life. As a slave, his work was blessed by God and so he rose to be Potiphar’s household steward. Read the rest of this entry »