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Day Five: Faithful Stewardship Abundant Grace

Friday, June 26th, 2015

1 Peter 4:7-11 (NIV) - “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV) - “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

A steward in biblical times knew very well that his life was not his own, because he was a slave, who belonged to his master. A steward also clearly understood his main role - to please his master by faithfully administering what his master desired. If we have received God’s life-saving hospitality, we now belong to Him, meaning our lives are not our own. We are to please God, and we are called to faithfully minister His hospitality to others.

As God’s stewards, we don’t minister to others on our own, nor in our own way, or by relying on our own understanding. What many of us may fail to recognize and embrace is that faithful stewardship is a real and powerful expression of being truly free in Christ. Sometimes we want to minister “for the Lord” so much that we end up making it about ourselves and that is one sure way to hinder God’s hospitality, because essentially we are refusing to humbly acknowledge that Jesus is the Master.

What keeps us from humbly surrendering to Jesus the Master? Maybe we are afraid that if we do “give in” to the ways God is requiring of us, then somehow we are going to lack, not have enough, and always feel wanting. This tends to lead us to hold back and calculate in how we live for Christ and minister to others, and we forget that God’s grace is everlasting, far-reaching and more abundant than we could ever imagine.

Today, let’s be renewed by 2 Corinthians 9:8. Let’s be sober minded and really believe this Word as we pray it and declare it over and over again. Let’s not be hazy about Jesus being the Master. Let’s embrace true freedom by surrendering to Jesus as Master and let’s remember that God is the true host, the owner and master, and the true Giver of abundance to us and for us. God is truly able to abundantly bless so that in all things, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work!

Day Four: Loving Deeply Reveals God

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Day Three: Thinking Clearly Praying Effectively

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Day Two: God’s Salvation Our Hospitality

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Day One: God’s Salvation Their Hospitality

Monday, June 22nd, 2015