Thursday, March 04, 2010

STEWARDSHIP REQUIRES DILIGENCE

The wise person doesn't sit by as his home and possessions crumble around him. Whatever we have is the Lord's to which we are to be good stewards. The Proverb says, "Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds" (Pro. 27:23). When the car is clunking or when water is dripping, fix them before the problem worsens. Remember the old adage, "A stitch in time saves time", and aAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Wise people are good stewards of God's things by fixing what is broken and by regular maintenance and labor. Another Proverb says,
"30 I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense, 31 And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction. 33 “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,” (Pro. 24:30ff).
Maintaining our spirituality requires diligence as well. The Hebrews letter says, "by practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil." Christians can't sit idly in their Christian walk. We must always be learning and walking in the ways of God. Otherwise, we stay babies who don't grow. So laziness and sloth are enemies to faith and not just to material possessions. Christians are good stewards of all things from God, including salvation.

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