Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Proverbs for Living - 28

Proverbs 28: 22 (CSB) - "A greedy one is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn’t know that poverty will come to him."

One thing we can learn in the Scriptures is that everyone of us are stewards. A steward is one who actively directs affairs of someone else. since everything in Creation belongs to God, then what we have is given to us to manage or be stewards of. We are responsible for our Time, Talent, Treasure, Temple, and Testimony. In this chapter we can see some principles of good stewardship.

Verses 1-2 tell us that a good steward is spiritually stable. One person has given the following as a checklist for victorious Christian living: (1) Bible Study, (2) Prayer, (3) Church Attendance, (4) Baptism, (5) Witnessing, and (6) Tithing. How do you check out with this list?

Verse 3 and 27 show that a good steward should be spiritually compassionate. Every cup of water given in God's name will reap rewards.

Verse 8 provide us with the image of a good steward being spiritually fair in all of his dealings with all people, regardless of social, ethnic, or economic status. Verse 13 goes on to picture a good steward as having spiritual integrity.

Verse 19 encourages us that a good steward has spiritual diligence. Hard work is the name of the game. Diligence is a requirement. And finally, verse 24 stresses that a good steward is committed to their family. We must make our wife or husband, our children our top and uttermost priority in life. To paraphrase a scripture - "What does it profit a person to win the whole world, and lose their family."

Prayer: Father, I want to be a good steward of all the blessings that You have given to me. May I follow the teachings in this chapter. May I have the right priorities in all areas of my life. Amen.

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