Stewards of God’s gifts

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein (Psalm 24:1 ESV).

Everything belongs to God. If everything truly belongs to God then nothing truly belongs to us. While we may be in possession of many things, we are owners of none. Instead we are stewards.

A steward is “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another.” Continue reading “Stewards of God’s gifts”

The disciple’s heart: its treasure, its focus, its master

In the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus identified earth and heaven as being two places where people might choose to store their treasures, he contrasted two different lifestyles (Matthew 6:19-20). We either look to the things of earth for our security and significance or we look to heaven. If self is in charge, we will seek some source of earthly security. Continue reading “The disciple’s heart: its treasure, its focus, its master”

He knows our names

It has been said that the most beautiful sound in anyone’s ears is the sound of one’s own name being spoken.

Of course, that does not include the times your mother used your middle name when she called you when you were little!

I wish I were better at remembering names. A recent conversation with my “Yard Boy” husband went something like this: Continue reading “He knows our names”

Where your treasure is

“Did you know what an oddball you are?” This was a rhetorical question posed by a close friend when I told her of my plans for the day.

I had several tasks that needed to be done, but the morning was cool and cloudy — perfect weather for working in the garden. Additionally, we had been blessed with some rain the day before, which makes the hard clay soil much more workable. The temptation to spend the entire day outside seemed overwhelming to me. Continue reading “Where your treasure is”

Where’s the Treasure?

Although many people might nod a glassy-eyed acknowledgment that we need to comply with Jesus’ teaching to lay up treasure in heaven as the self-vindicating rationalization of “yeah, I’m doing some of that” passes through their mind, Jesus’ subsequent teachings can startle lethargy like salt in an open wound. Sitting on a mountainside teaching the crowds, Jesus flayed open our inner workings in such a way which can sting because we know it rings true. Matthew 6:19-24 Since people treasure (love, serve and worship) whatever they believe takes care of them, some people serve the created order and accordingly seek … Continue reading Where’s the Treasure?