Why We Give
Antiques Roadshow features people who often purchase for a few dollars objects worth thousands of dollars. Paul describes the best of all deals in 2 Corinthians 5:14–21. Jesus sacrificed His life to delete your sins from and add His righteousness to your account. You need both transactions. The value of His sacrifice is beyond calculation (1 Peter 1:18–19, NIV). God’s deal is the best you’ll ever get. A trillion dollars for your used toilet paper would pale in comparison.
Always remember that you don’t deserve this greatest of all deals. Gratitude is the foundation of biblical whole-life stewardship. It’s the only gushing spring from which wholehearted, whole-life stewardship can flow indefinitely.
Jesus asks something in return for rescuing you from death, judgment and flames. He has given you the ministry of reconciliation. Turning God’s enemies into His friends is what you do. Faithful whole-life stewardship is how you do it.
You were once God’s enemy. Sin was a Mount Everest barrier between God and you. You were guilty of treason. You rebelled against your Creator and the Captain of your ship. You insisted on living for yourself rather than for Him. By the cross, God reconciled you to Himself and removed that Mount Everest barrier. He unloaded the Mount Manure of your sins on Jesus on the cross. Its peak soared far above the clouds. His righteousness is now credited to your account. You were reconciled by God’s undeserved favor through faith. He has recruited you to reconcile other rebels. You are to build them up in the faith to reconcile still others and build them up.
How should you then live? Like one who has been pulled from the flames. Let gratitude to your Rescuer unendingly fill the sails of your life. Make Him your organizing center every day. Use all the resources He’s given you for His glory. You’re not your own. You’ve been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19). Faithfulness is required of stewards (1 Corinthians 4:2). That’s not much to ask considering all He’s done for you! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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