There is a theme for this next decade that carries the words 2020 vision, clarity, focus, no longer distracted and healing. It is a decade of God's people entering into and operating from a place of rest. For many of us being focused and staying that way is a challenge. Not all of us are naturally good at it, nor are we good at organisation, planning and being disciplined. I want to introduce to you some challenges and tips to help us keep our focus and clarity. The coming year will see many of us healed and released into new ministries, assignments and purpose and we will need to learn some new skills to steward this well.
(I am using The Passion Translation, 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 for this article).
God loves an hilarious giver (2 Cor 9:7). When I was a baby christian one of God's principles that He impressed deeply upon me was that of helping the poor, and being a generous giver. I was barely a year old in my walk when He opened up 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 to me and revealed how generous His heart was and that it is His desire that ours be like that also. For me these two chapters reflect an attitude of heart we should strive for in all of our giving, however and to whomever we give. (I am not going to address the tithing question in here. If you're a tither do it with a generous spirited heart attitude).
Sitting in my prayer chair one morning this week and the Holy Spirit downloaded this article (it's a little long but worth it I think) on stewardship to me. Thankfully I have a recording facility on my GoogleKeep app which types to my voice. I know it's for the next message I get to preach on a Sunday, but perhaps it's helpful to my readers here. Stewardship has long been one of my 'passion' subjects too.
Stewardship curates for the future, it multiplies and endeavours to create a legacy. It provides for the future. It demands accountability from us for all that we have. It asks what is the wisest use of what I have available to me right now?. It asks how to use what we have now, including God's added provision, to build or provide for the future?. Stewardship is not about selfish personal use but considers the impact on others around us has in the way we use and curate what we have. Stewardship preserves purpose and carries a higher purpose than self. It is not wasteful and endeavours to make the very best of what you have regardless of how much or how little you have.