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03/09/2009

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Generosity, Stewardship, And Love


"For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also" (Matt. 6:31).

My father-in-law is a farmer....A Christian farmer...He has farmed for most of his life. At almost 92 he is still the consummate farmer. He is a humble man, but I'll bet if you pressed him he would talk about being a steward of his land. Even if he won't say it, I will say it for him.."I will leave this land in better condition than I found it." If all Christians would only look at all of their possessions this way, what a change it would bring to their spiritual lives and even to the mission of the church.

The preceding two verses before today's scripture speak of where our "treasures" ought to be. Not "on earth where moth and rust destroy."......"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Jesus is looking here, for us, to eternity. In today's world with its unpredictable economy, our spiritual bank accounts can be overflowing. A "spiritual IRA" if you please...

When our Bibles speak about generosity in most cases it is pointing toward those in need. It is a sure sign that a Christian "gets it," when they have developed the desire to help someone in need. (1 John 3:17-18)

Finally there is the necessity to look into one's self. "If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing" (1 Cor. 13:3). Now here is a statement about profit and loss that hits home! I am not the smartest guy in the world, but it seems to me that stewardship, generosity, and eternity are all tied in a neat little package bound by love....

Have a great start to your week....Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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