Consider the following…
Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady averages $2 millon a game. With endorsements he’ll make about $328,100 a day (working or not)! Assuming he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $102,000 a night. If he goes to a movie, it will cost him $8.00, but he’ll make $36,550 while he’s there. He makes $8,415/hr more than minimum wage. Tom will make $18,710 while watching a baseball game. If he wanted to save for a new $90,000 Mazerati it would take him a all of 6 hrs. If someone hands him his salary & endorsement money, they would do it at the rate of $4.00 every second. Amazing isn’t it? Even more amazing: Mr. Brady will have to save 100% of his income for 270 years to have a net worth equivalent to that of Bill Gates.
Stewardship is about priorities
What is first in your life? What has preeminence? For Israel when they were rebuilding the temple after the exile, they encountered opposition, the economy was way down, resources are scarce; there were threats and much of day to day was merely survival.
We could claim many of the same problems… economy, resources, threats and more – the issue for us is the same as well – Is God first in our lives? When He is, provision abounds.
Proverbs 3:5-10 Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him & he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord. This will bring health to your body & nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first-fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing & your vats will brim over with new wine.
Stewardship asks the questions: What is your priority? What are you living for? What is your goal–What is first? When we live life in sync with God’s priorities we need not worry about what we need. It would be easy to get worked up about all sorts of things, This election, the economy–National Defense, Terror–the Church & more–but what does it profit me? I don’t desire to be ignorant but I want my focus & energy to be on the Kingdom.
In 44 years of following Jesus I ‘ve never been disappointed or forsaken. God has always provided for every need. I have struggled, been frustrated, confused, bewildered, but never disappointed. In the mission of the church we work, struggle, have course corrections, and walk sometimes with questions but we are never disappointed or without provision to answer the call. What are called you to give for the kingdom of God? What financial commitment are you going to make? What gifts, talents & skills are you going to share? What sacrifices?
Let us be wise, joyful, sacrificial, generous, stewards. God has lavished his treasure on us; may we in turn lavishly share his love with the world!