This week's Monday Message is a repeat from June 30, 2014.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Where to begin is often the most difficult question for some people in stewardship. It is only possible to faithfully place everything in Jesus’ hands when it is done with joy. Joy is only possible when we understand our value within the Kingdom of God.
With that said, there is still a very clear message that nothing can be held back. The Kingdom of God demands all that we are and all that we have. Fulfilling this demand is the heart of stewardship.
In some instances, like that of the rich young ruler in Luke 18, Jesus asks that we sell all that we have to give to the poor. But more often, I have experienced the Holy Spirit asking friends and followers of Jesus to simply be faithful with the gifts they have been given. In both of these cases, the key is to be listening to God.
There are certain things about stewardship that are universal. God expects us to be kind and generous. He expects us to look to Him for our security and our sustenance. But the most important things of stewardship are worked out in intimate relationship with Jesus. Notice how he burdens your heart to give of your time, your talents, and your resources. Listen to the places he identifies within you that resist His Presence. In these places, confess and ask him to help you to trust. Then wait to discover the joy of God’s Presence. It is from this joy that we give in stewardship.
Jesus, we confess the ways that stuff plays too important a role in our lives. Help us this day to hear your voice and to step into a life of stewardship with you. Amen.