“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
Welcome to the 24th week of our devotional recap. This week, we reminded ourselves on what it means to be a faithful steward, being a doer of the word, God’s perfect salvation plan for us, the essence of being generous for the gospel and the effect of greed in the life of a believer.
On Monday, we kicked off the week learning that with Jesus being our Lord, we are to know Him and make Him known. As stewards, we are to be faithful with all the resources God has committed to us. So, just like the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-31 depicts, we are to have a mindset of reward because God rewards faithfulness. We must be found doing the masters’ bidding in whatever form or role we have been given in the body of Christ.
On Tuesday, we learnt that it is not enough to hear the word and know what it says, we are to act on it; Jesus in James 1:25 defines a man who does the word as blessed. Through the word, God commands our desires and actions, which is reflected in our conduct. It should be evident to the world that we live by a different standard by being a doer of the word.
Wednesday’s study was a reminder that God fashioned a perfect salvation plan even before we realised our need for salvation. Therefore, just like the Israelites were led out of Egypt and loyalty was expected to be reciprocated afterwards (Exodus 19:6), we are likewise expected to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1). Salvation is a free and God’s perfect gift to man. What a master plan!
We reminded ourselves on Thursday that the Lordship of Jesus should be exhibited in our daily lives; this is revealed in what we give priority to, including our finances. Jesus categorically said in Matthew 6:24 that man cannot serve God and mammon, therefore, to put money under, we must use it for Jesus and His purpose. This is true worship.
We wrapped up the week on Friday by learning what greed does in the life of a believer. Greed makes you lack discernment and stray from devotion. It is a trap that extinguishes vibrancy and fire (1 Timothy 6:9-10). As believers, we have to watch our attitude to money and deliberately practice generosity, thereby putting money in its place.
Like our anchor scripture says, the word of God is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. It is important that we see the word as a guide and act on it. As faithful stewards, we put our money where our faith is, extinguishing the act of greed. We are a breed with no greed, and we act like it.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 5:17-26, Philippians 2:1-11, Psalms 119:129-136, 2 Kings 8-9