My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, January 16, 2012
Some Practical Advice
“Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
(Genesis 41:34 NASB)
“Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are
coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s
authority, and let them guard it. (Genesis 41:35 NASB)
“Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of
famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not
perish during the famine.”
(Genesis 41:36 NASB)
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much;
and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in
(Luke 16:10 NASB)
“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?
(Luke 16:11 NASB)
“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
(Luke 16:12 NASB)
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one
and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
(Luke 16:13 NASB)
It is amazing how we can find practical advice for living right in
the word of God. Joseph had interpreted Pharaoh's dream and realized
that the land was facing seven years of prosperity, followed by seven
years of famine. In order for the entire world to be helped, Egypt was
going to need to be prudent with her resources. She could not eat
everything they produced, but rather, they needed to store up for the
years that would lie ahead. How much were they to save? Not ten
percent, but rather, twenty percent of everything that they raised went
into the barns and storehouses for the future. Interestingly you would
think they would only have had to save 1/7th each year for the coming
years but that wasn't God's plan. They were to have more than enough
for the years of famine to feed, not only themselves, but those who
would come to them from other parts of the world that were suffering.
In Luke the Gospel writer records the words of Jesus as he reminds us
that he is looking for good stewards. The Pharisees were wealthy
people and they didn't like hearing Jesus talk about money, or how to
manage money. Jesus wanted them to recognize that the resources that
they had were not their own. There were to have used them for others,
and in wise and prudent ways so that God could multiply their
resourcefulness, just as he did for Joseph.
The practical lesson is here for God's people. God's people are
not supposed to treat money or resources the same way the people of the
world are. Rather, we are to be stewards of everything that we may have
and use it for God's glory. We are not supposed to be using everything
that we have on ourselves. We are supposed to be saving and storing
away so that when times of difficulty come we may be able to get through
those days ourselves, and help others as well.
Too many of us are living on the very edge financially these days.
Credit cards and debt have made it too easy to live an unrealistic
lifestyle. However, as we've seen the last few years that house of
cards is falling, or has fallen. Christians need to be an example to
the world, that we follow God's word and God's leading when it comes to
management of our resources. What would happen if we began to store
away 20% of what we make and learn to simply live on less?
Joseph was able to impact the entire known world of his day because
of his ability to manage well. He was God's steward. What would happen
today if God's people were to be in such good shape financially that
they could significantly impact the world? The world is hungry to find
something that is "real" and that works in this day and age. Being good
stewards in the kingdom reveals something unusual to the world, and
becomes a reflection of his image to those that desperately need him.
It's time to follow some practical advice.
Lord, please help me to make good choices in the area of stewardship in my life. Amen.