The Heart of the Matter

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s 2nd look!

 

This past Sunday we began a new series titled, “What I Do With What I Got.” This is a series about how we live our lives with the things we have in our possession. The fancy word for a series like this is, “Stewardship.”

 

This first sermon was really a starter, to get us to the most basic and fundamental truth we all need to embrace: we are to be living biblical stewardship. Here’s an excerpt from the sermon:

 

The key to biblical stewardship that creates beauty in our lives is a simple 5-word phrase, “None of this is mine… It’s all God’s.”

 

In the sermon, we looked at how “the earth and everything in it is the Lord’s”

(Psalms 24:1). Think about that for a second. Everything upon this earth ULTIMATELY belongs to God. I talked about how this is one of the easiest truths for us to acknowledge mentally but it’s very difficult sometimes for us to live in this reality. We often take back ownership of things and the ironic thing is: Those things we mistakenly believe we posses, often become the very things that possess us.

 

Take a look at the things in your life that you prize or cherish. Maybe it’s your car, your 60-inch flat screen TV, your play station 4, your family, your beautiful house, your job, or something else. Make a list of these things. When they come up in your life, take some time to thank God for those things that He has blessed you with by allowing this thing to be present in your life. Then, turn around and acknowledge that no matter how beautiful this thing is- it is actually God’s and ask Him to do with it whatever He wills, because it’s His after all.

 

This isn’t always easy to do. Sometimes we don’t realize just how deeply and intensely we are holding on to the things in our lives. Sometimes we feel like we have fully surrendered something to God’s control only to find that we take it back from Him when we feel it is threatened in some way. Regularly acknowledging that all we are and all we have belongs to God and is at His disposal is a necessary thing for us to live biblical stewardship, which is actually a beautiful way to live.

 

This week, I invite you to take time each day to think of things you treasure in your life, to thank God for them and then to acknowledge before God that these things- no matter how much you cherish them- are actually not yours after all. They are His. It’s ironic how this can be such a freeing thing to be reminded of!

 

May God bless you all this week!

Pastor Ryan