Yesterday we discussed who is in charge and today the question of how will you handle your responsibilities as the steward comes to mind. As the steward of the work God has given you, will you respond and act appropriately? As the steward to the work God has given you, will you provide as you are supposed to? Let’s take a look into today’s Word and see what it says…
The Parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard
(Matthew 21.33-46; Mark 12.1-12)
9Then Jesus told the people this parable: “There was once a man who planted a vineyard, rented it out to tenants, and then left home for a long time. 10When the time came to gather the grapes, he sent a slave to the tenants to receive from them his share of the harvest. But the tenants beat the slave and sent him back without a thing. 11So he sent another slave; but the tenants beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him back without a thing. 12Then he sent a third slave; the tenants wounded him, too, and threw him out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my own dear son; surely they will respect him!’ 14But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the owner’s son. Let’s kill him, and his property will be ours!’ 15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to the tenants?” Jesus asked. 16“He will come and kill those men, and turn the vineyard over to other tenants.” When the people heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17Jesus looked at them and asked, “What, then, does this scripture mean? ‘The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.’ 18Everyone who falls on that stone will be cut to pieces; and if that stone falls on someone, that person will be crushed to dust.”
19The teachers of the Law and the chief priests tried to arrest Jesus on the spot, because they knew that he had told this parable against them; but they were afraid of the people. –from Luke 20
Don’t allow greed and selfishness to keep you from giving back to the one who provided it all! Just as we are to tithe from what we get/make, we need to give back to God from what He has given us. He gave us 100% of what we have received and it is better to live with 90% under His blessings than to live with 100% without His hand of blessing over our lives. I know that is something I have learned. It’s impossible to out give God! The blessings He provides aren’t monetarily possible to match. There are gifts He provides that there isn’t enough money in the world to be able to pay back. So let’s not hold back from God what is rightly His! Let’s live lives that will bring Him all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name! Amen.
Let’s live lives with thanksgiving and praise! Let’s shine so bright because of who He is! Today’s Word continues with …
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, sent to proclaim the promised life which we have in union with Christ Jesus— 2To Timothy, my dear son:May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Thanksgiving and Encouragement
3I give thanks to God, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did. I thank him as I remember you always in my prayers night and day. 4I remember your tears, and I want to see you very much, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also. 6For this reason I remind you to keep alive the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control. 8Do not be ashamed, then, of witnessing for our Lord; neither be ashamed of me, a prisoner for Christ’s sake. Instead, take your part in suffering for the Good News, as God gives you the strength for it. 9He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. He gave us this grace by means of Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but now it has been revealed to us through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has ended the power of death and through the gospel has revealed immortal life. 11God has appointed me as an apostle and teacher to proclaim the Good News,
–from 2 Timothy 1
Allow your faith to build up and to strengthen and encourage not only you but those around you. Walk in the hope that is within you thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Let’s live lives that will glorify God!
We are responsible for how we respond! We are responsible for how we react! We aren’t responsible for what others say and do, but we are able to encourage and direct others in the way we live our lives!
1Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble. 2A shrewd servant will gain authority over a master’s worthless son and receive a part of the inheritance. 3Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person’s heart is tested by the Lord. 4Evil people listen to evil ideas, and liars listen to lies. 5If you make fun of poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone’s misfortune. 6Grandparents are proud of their grandchildren, just as children are proud of their parents. 7Respected people do not tell lies, and fools have nothing worthwhile to say. 8Some people think a bribe works like magic; they believe it can do anything. 9If you want people to like you, forgive them when they wrong you. Remembering wrongs can break up a friendship. 10An intelligent person learns more from one rebuke than a fool learns from being beaten a hundred times. 11Death will come like a cruel messenger to wicked people who are always stirring up trouble. 12It is better to meet a mother bear robbed of her cubs than to meet some fool busy with a stupid project. 13If you repay good with evil, you will never get evil out of your house. 14The start of an argument is like the first break in a dam; stop it before it goes any further. –from Proverbs 17