Today we’re asking the question:
Can God Trust You?
We have to remember that God owns everything,
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1 NIV)
And yet, He’s called us to be stewards (that is caretakers, overseers. Let’s look at 4 of the things He’s given us stewardship over. The first is that…
1. We have the responsibility of the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 tells us…And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
Some may be thinking that’s the pastor’s job. Not true. It’s every Christian’s privilege to expand the Kingdom of God. So, what can we do? If you’re an evangelist, go ahead and evangelize.
If not, we’re all witnesses of God’s goodness. We can be a witness in word and in deed. Tell what He’s done for you, and allow your actions to demonstrate that they’re a good God that loves His creation and desires a personal relationship.
Look at Psalm 145:1, 5-7 ERV
I will tell of your greatness, my God and King. Your majesty and glory are wonderful. I will tell about your miracles. People will tell about the amazing things you do, and I will tell everyone how great you are. They will talk about your goodness and sing about your justice.
Lastly, we can all teach others, in a loving way, to observe all that He has commanded us to do. Can God trust you with the Great Commission?
2. # 2 Is Can God Trust You with the Ministry to our Families
Many years ago I was at a women’s conference that I attended yearly. This particular year a man was speaking and I found that interesting. His name is Greg Gunn and he’s the founder of Family ID. His team teaches families to develop strong identities, as well as how to live out their identities.
As he was speaking, he posed the question as to why children weren’t following their families into the ministry, and I supposed these where pastors kids.
Here’s loosely he said. Oftentimes, those in ministry are so busy saving the 99 that they forget about the 1. That one being the person, the people in their own family. BUT let me say it doesn’t just have to be those in ministry. Are we so busy with our jobs, our self-interests, our leisure time, that we don’t take time for our families? I’ve learned just because your there doesn’t mean your THERE.
The word says in 1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8 HCSB
There more to provision that just a roof over there head and a hot meal. What about godly guidance and emotional support?
Regarding your children…
Always remember these commands that I give you today. Be sure to teach them to your children. Talk about these commands when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road. Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ERV
Can God Trust You With Your Family?
3. #3 How About Finances
There can be so many challenges with finances; however, I’d like to focus on are DEBT & GIVING…The Bible says:
Proverbs 22:7 (NIV) actually says, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” And in Romans 13:8, Paul calls us to pay off all our debts so that the only thing we owe each other is love.
Put a demand on your faith…For example, if you’ve been financing cars make a decision that NO MORE. And start praying for a debt free car.
Sometimes we become so comfortable in a place we tend to skip over things in the Word. We forget that the Word is alive and active, and so should we be. There are certain things we make sure we do in the Word, but other things we say, “ Oh, yes, I know that! BUT do we do it? We think may even think of the church as a one-stop-shop. And we say to ourselves, I’ve given all I have to the church, BUT did God tell us to only give to the church?
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Proverbs 19:17 NIV)
Pray and ask God to show you who you are to bless on a weekly basis and be prepared to do it. But I don’t have anything…pray and talk to God about it, so that you can be obedient to His Word.
Remember that the Lord tells us…“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities and that’s Luke 16:10 NLT
Can God Trust You With Your Finances?
4. The Last is #4 Can God Trust You With the Gifts He’s Given You
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:7 ESV
Know this God gives everybody something. The Bible says it like this…
“…each has received a gift” (1 Peter 4:10a ESV). God wants us to know that our gifts are not an accident. He has intentionally given them to us. He knew what he was doing was doing and who He was giving the gift to.
Our job is to steward the gifts that He’s given us…
The entirety of 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 ESV
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. (1 Corinthains 7:17a ESV)
Our gifts allow us to live our assignment (our purpose), to help others, and to ultimately glorify God.
Can God trust You with Your Gifts?
Last week I received a flyer in the mail that said, you guessed it Can God Trust You?
Here’s what it says…Listen
I pray we’re ready – and God, Himself can trust us!
That’s the Point of Purpose. See you next time.
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