My last post entitled “Stewardship” was all about how to be a faithful, obedient servant. As I thought more about it I remembered the outstanding debt I owe. What debt?
For years I drove around the country with some friends playing music. At night we’d either crash on someone’s floor, stop at a Wal-Mart parking lot and sleep in the van or drive on through to the next town. We even invaded some Lowe’s storage sheds on one occasion (Funny story behind that one).
In recent years I’ve been home working, plugging into my church community and trying to find my niche. As bands come into town I do my best to go connect with them and support them as so many did when I was in their shoes. I keep saying that I’ve got an outstanding debt to repay for all the hospitality that was shown to me. There’s nothing like a hot shower, warm food that’s not from a can or gas station and free wi-fi. So naturally the door to my house stays open when bands or friends need a place to crash.
How this ties in with stewardship is seeing and understanding our role in accommodating and serving those in need with the resources at our disposal. The bible talks a lot about tithing and giving away with the attitude of a servant. A lot of that is trusting the Lord to be faithful to replenish and restore to us what was rightly His in the first place.
Malachi 3 God tells us that, “I the Lord do not change.” He says that we are robbing Him when we withhold our tithes and offerings.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Think back to a time when you really needed God to move and make something happen and in His perfect timing he came through and radically showed Himself to be faithful. Have we grown so thick and stubborn that we forget how good He is? His promises are true. He will never give us more than we can handle(1 Corinthians 10:13).
When we withhold from Him what he has faithfully provided us we are in a sense saying, “I earned this myself! It’s mine to keep or use however I please.” By not freely giving back into His hands we are not only withholding a blessing for someone but withholding from ourselves as well.
If God is the giver of all things, can we not trust Him to take care of us in our times of need? Like the widow in the temple(Luke 21) let us be willing to give back to God even out of our poverty and allow Him to pour out His blessing upon us.
As stewards of the Almighty, we all have a debt that we can never repay. Yet as slaves of righteousness(Romans 6) we are obligated to obey as faithful servants. Kind of an odd picture, right? We are slaves yet we serve through love because of the great love bestowed upon us. Thank you, Father!
May we not continue to rob God with our entrusted time, energy and resources but be ever willing to offer them up to Him as faithful stewards of the call.