Lesson 47: What’s Yours Is Not Yours
Lesson 47, Devotion 1
“The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.” - Exodus 4:21
God has given out some pretty cool stuff to people throughout history. He gave Noah the ability to build a huge boat called the Ark, Joseph the ability to interpret dreams, and Moses the power to do some amazing things like turn a river to blood and call down a plague of locusts. Do you ever stop to think how different history would be if these men had decided not to use the special abilities God gave them?
So what does this mean to you? Sometimes being a good steward means to use what God has given you. Sure, you may not have the ability to interpret dreams or call down a plague, but you do have some special qualities God has given you and you alone. Think back to the closing activity in the stewardship lesson and the list you made of your talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts. Remember God has given you those things to be used for His glory.
What do you do with them? God has created you the way you are for a purpose. There are some things He needs done on this Earth, and He is looking to you to get the job done. Be a good steward by using who you are to glorify God.
Lesson 47, Devotion 2
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” - Genesis 1:31
In the movie Tron: Legacy the son of a man named Flynn finds a way to transport himself into a digital computer-type world to look for his father, the designer, and creator of this fantasy world. When he finds his dad, he is amazed at the scope and complexity of what his father created. Imagine that you were the son and the feeling you might have had looking across this fantasy land and realizing it was all formed and placed into existence by your father.
As complex as the Tron world was it can’t compare to the beauty and complexity of the real world created by your heavenly Father. Have you taken any time lately to be awed by God’s creation? Have you taken any time lately to thank Him for giving you the privilege of being a part of His creation?
As you go about your life this week find some part creation that you take for granted each day like a warm sun, the brilliant night sky, or the gentle sound of much-needed rain and thank God for the simple things He created.
Lesson 47, Devotion 3
Notice the different variations of Proverbs 16:3 from these different versions of the Bible.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (NIV)
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. (NLT)
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (ESV)
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. (KJV)
Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established. (NASB)
There are many websites where you can read different or parallel versions of Scriptures. This is a great way to study Scripture and get a good feel for the text. King Solomon wrote these words, and you might notice that each of the versions start with the word commit. Stewardship is about giving ourselves and our resources back to God. But sometimes we fall short of the mark because we lack the commitment. Oh, it's easy to talk about doing things for God, but the truly committed person is a person of action.
Think about this:
How are your actions backing up your talking when it comes to practicing good stewardship?
What changes in your attitude need to be made to begin to take a more positive view of stewardship?
Commitment is a daily discipline so pray and ask God to help you be committed to being a good steward today.