Aug29WedAugust 29, 2018
Applause: Good and Faithful Servant
His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Some investors want general results, others more specific. One investor may hand over money to a financial advisor and say, “Just produce a good return; I don’t care what you invest in.” Another investor might say, “I want to invest in a water purification device that is solar powered and easily understood by subliterate peoples.”
The Bible has examples of both. The owner-investor in Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 expected general results from his three employees—and only two delivered. On the other hand, Potiphar, the Egyptian official, put Joseph in charge of his house and personal affairs, expecting them to be carried out a certain way (Genesis 39). And Joseph exceeded expectations. Paul summarized the responsibility of a steward: Be faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).
God has called you to both general (be a faithful Christian) and specific (be a faithful mother/spouse/employee) tasks. In every case the goal is the same, to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The fundamental truth in the matter of stewardship is that everything we touch belongs to God.
Aug29WedAugust 29, 2018 Rev Cory
Soaring Through Life
Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Robins and sparrows fly. But when you look up and see an eagle or a vulture floating high above, you’re looking at a bird soaring. Yes, the eagle has to do some flying in the beginning, but eventually it connects with the thermal updrafts and taps into their power. The difference between flying and soaring is relying on a source of power beyond oneself.
The majesty of the eagle was noticed by the Old Testament writers as a symbol of strength and ability (Deuteronomy 28:49; Psalm 103:5). Isaiah thought the eagle was the perfect metaphor for the person who gained strength from God. The person who waits on (depends on, trusts in) the Lord will find the strength to “mount up with wings like eagles.” By definition, soaring means to be far above the problems of life; it means seeing what’s happening on earth from God’s perspective. With soaring comes understanding; with understanding comes patience and contentment.
If you are flying by your own strength today, wait on the Lord. Rise up with His power and gain His perspective on your circumstances.
Real true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.
D. L. Moody
Jun12TueJune 12, 2018
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear, go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first…”
1 Kings 17:13
The widow glanced at all she had left: a handful of flour and a little oil. As she went outside to gather sticks for her and her son's last meal, she was preparing herself for the end. When she met the prophet Elijah and he requested water and bread, she explained her situation.
Elijah encouraged her to look beyond her circumstances to God's provision. As she prepared Elijah's meal that day and each day that followed, she had a choice to either trust God's provision or to protect the little she had.
When God prompts us to serve, it's easy to focus on our resources instead of His. It's easy to list our lack of resources as an excuse or to mistakenly take the glory for ourselves when we have the resources. We forget that everything we have comes from God. Elijah asked the widow to set aside fear and to serve based on the God she was serving.
God is powerful and all glory belongs to Him. He changes circumstances and redeems even the darkest of circumstances. In the midst of situations the world sees as hopeless, we can cling to Elijah's words, “Do not fear.”
“If your life is an example of glorifying God, others won't see your good works and glorify YOU, because they'll know what you are doing is for God's glory”
1st Kings 17:6-15