May 16th, 2012

Called to a Spiritual Journey, Part 4

journey_bwStewardship is not just about a capital project or specific campaign, it really is a Daily Journey of being engaged in the vision of personal and societal transformation.

In the New Testament, it is seen so clearly in 2 Corinthians 8-9. There is a cause for a large offering to meet a need among God’s people. So God continues to follow his pattern of seeking to engage his people in his mission through his leaders. This results in the Corinthian Church, which was poor, suffering, and riddled with conflict at times to willingly, joyfully, and completely surrender their resources to the greater cause.

They gave away on a daily basis the very thing they needed to survive. This is in contrast with the choice of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. Daily God’s people, as both individuals and as a body, are tempted to surrender or consume their resources for some sort of gain. It can be for his kingdom or it can be for golden calves.

“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.”  2 Corinthians 8:2-5 (NIV)

These stories and many more are in Scripture for the express purpose of encouraging the modern church and its leaders to not shrink back, cut corners, or exchange a big vision for a small life. While many things tug at hearts, one thing must consume the hearts of God’s people, giving our lives away on earth to help secure eternity for all.

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