Lesson 49: Living It Out
Lesson 49, Devotion 1
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him.” - Psalm 34:8
Decades ago Nike made a big splash with their marketing campaign entitled "Just Do It." The idea was that a lot of people sit around and talk about getting involved in sports or fitness training, but there comes a time to quit talking and JUST DO IT. Now when you see the phrase, you hardly know it. But then, it was a genius marketing campaign.
Now that you are at the end of the Bible study on stewardship you may have come up with some great ideas and even talked about doing some things like going on a mission trip or giving some of your hard-earned money for a needy family. Did your discussion end with nothing but talk?
The psalmist said to taste and see that the Lord is good which means to get out there, step out in faith, and practice Godly stewardship. Think back to a time when you put your plans into action for God.
Think about this:
Did God reveal His goodness to you? Didn't it feel incredible to be serving God in a real-life setting?
Stewardship is about action so JUST DO IT!
Lesson 49, Devotion 2
“When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn't that wrong? And isn't it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!" says the Lord Almighty." Go ahead, beg God to be merciful to you! But when you bring that kind of offering, why should he show you any favor at all?" asks the Lord Almighty.” - Malachi 1:8-9
In the Old Testament times, the Hebrew people were required to bring animals to the priests to be sacrificed for the forgiveness of their sin. Some thought a good and healthy animal was too valuable to present for sacrifice, so they opted instead to bring their second, third, and fourth best to the priest. Malachi had a good point when he asked if government officials would accept such a pitiful payment for taxes.
We don't have to sacrifice animals for the forgiveness of our sins today because Jesus took care of our sin problem once and for all on the cross. Still, when it comes to stewardship, we sometimes revert back to wanting to give our leftover time or small portions of our talents and abilities for his service. Are you sometimes tempted to:
Do all the things you want to do then with what time is left serve God through your church?
Sing or act in school productions but sit on the sidelines when it comes to your youth praise team or drama group?
Be known as a strong leader at school but take the meek and mild approach at church?
Challenge yourself to live by the biblical standard for stewardship which is giving back to God the very best that you have for His glory.
Lesson 49, Devotion 3
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” - 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Have you ever had a friend ask you to keep a secret? Usually, if the secret is some incredible news, it is harder to keep the secret. Do you know that you have the awesome privilege to hold on to one of the most unbelievable mysteries of all time and that is the fact that Jesus provided a way to life everlasting through His death on the cross?
Your Bible contains actual WORDS OF LIFE, and you have one of those Bibles in your house right now.
Until about 500 years ago people were not allowed even to own a Bible.
Many religious leaders wanted to keep people in the dark about the mysteries of God so they could hold on to their power.
People in the Old Testament could only anticipate the arrival of the mystery, Jesus Christ.
So you have the Word of God and the message of God, mysteries to the world for centuries and now readily available to you to share with others. What are you going to with those two things?
The choice is up to you!