Day 18

 

The Scripture

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid. And because of his joy, he goes out and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44, TLV)

Heart Thoughts

What is Messiah’s kingdom worth to you? This was the question a friend of mine posed to me about 15 years ago. My friend encouraged me to imagine what it would be like sell “all” that I had to buy “that field” with that “treasure” in it. I told my friend, of course I would sell my home, car, material goods for that treasure.  He challenged me further. He said to me, “Michael, what else do you have?” I said all I have after that are my savings, my 401k, the clothes on my back, and my family. He said, “You have to sell that also. It is part of the ‘all’ that you have.”

I will ever forget this challenge. I thought long and hard about it. I really weighed out what this meant in the real world. After, a couple of weeks my friend came back and asked me, “So, where are you on the ‘all’ you have for his kingdom?” I said to him, I trust in His mercy and grace. I would give “all” I have to have his kingdom.  My friend said good but here is what you need to know. When you sell “all” you are really giving it all to God. He then gives “all” back to you. Now, he wants you to orient “all” that you have around the treasure of His kingdom. He wants you to steward “all” you have as a gift He is giving back to you with this treasure, in that field.

My friend told me that stewardship is doing what God says with the resources He has given back to you. Has he given you income, honor him according to His Word and tither. Has He given you wealth, act generously and start bringing extra offerings. Has He given you influence and a name, then use it for the benefit of His kingdom and helping others. Has He given you a wife and children, then love them as Messiah loves His body and care for your children as God cares for His. This was a transformational lesson for me. Yes, God wanted my “all” but He was giving me His “all” in return. He wanted me to steward “all” that was His for the sake of His kingdom.

Prayer

May you release your “all” today to the Heavenly Father. May you take great joy in giving your all so that you can cay a treasure that can never be taken from you. Today, may the Lord God of Israel bless you with wisdom and confidence to steward well “all” the resources He has bestowed back upon you.

For the Feed

My friend told me that stewardship is doing what God says with the resources He has given back to you. Has he given you income, honor him according to His Word and tither. Has He given you wealth, act generously and start bringing extra offerings. Has He given you influence and a name, then use it for the benefit of His kingdom and helping others. Has He given you a wife and children, then love them as Messiah loves His body and care for your children as God cares for His. This was a transformational lesson for me. Yes, God wanted my “all” but He was giving me His “all” in return. He wanted me to steward “all” that was His for the sake of His kingdom