stewardship

Legacy Thinking

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There is a popular notion that we must give attention to our “legacy” – that is, what we leave behind in this life. This notion means, “I want people to think well of me when I am gone.” Notice, the emphasis is what people think of me, what my reputation is, and what I leave behind that people see or influences how they feel about me.

The issue of legacy, eternal legacy, is not settled in the world’s eyes but rather in Jesus’s. Stewarding one’s life for the glory of God may leave behind a “legacy” that people value in the here and now, but the greater priority is to steward our life so that we are rewarded by Jesus’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The evaluation of a leader in Jesus’s kingdom is different from what the world values. “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Successful Christian leaders and successful Christians are those who are successful in Jesus’s eyes.

Maranatha,

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Entrusted to Speak

This morning I was reading in 1 Thess. 2. I did not get further than verse 4 before I had to stop and reflect.

“…but just as we have been approved by God
to be entrusted with the gospel,
so we speak,
not to please man,
but to please God who tests our hearts.”

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I have been entrusted to speak. That word “entrusted” stood out to me as some treasure God has given to steward. The responsibility is to speak this message faithfully as the steward of His message. This is what it means to “speak so as to please Him”.

In reality if we speak to please man, we are not good stewards. Man has not entrusted the gospel, God has.

It is to Him I speak. The reality that He is the one who examines my heart is clear. I am accountable to Him.

What thoughts does this verse bring to your mind about your own stewardship?

Come quickly Lord Jesus,
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