Each Monday, we are learning some practical, hands-on truths from the Awaken Code. It doesn’t just apply to Awaken Church – it gives us all some practical truths to live by.
Code Pt 7
It is a privilege to partner with God in His endeavor to reach people, and we invest our resources and finances to do so. As God leads, we will be conscious of our limitations, but confident of His provision.
Many pastors and commentators will tell you that Luke 16:1-9 is one of Jesus’ hardest parables to interpret. Read it for yourself, and prepare to say “Whaaaattt?” The bottom line is this: at first read, Jesus seems to be commending dishonesty. The reality is, He’s using something familiar (tax collection) to commend a mindset: being shrewd (astute or sharp in practical matters).
Here’s the worst part of what He says: “the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.”
Translation: Sinful people are more strategic, astute, and sharp when it comes to practical matters facing our generation.
What a shame! Although we can’t control what everyone else does with their finances, we can and should take control of ours. What may be true about our generation doesn’t have to be true about us.
It is a privilege to partner with God in His endeavor to reach people. Godly stewardship of our finances begins with recognizing the privilege of giving. Paul said that the Macedonian Christians “begged again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers” (2 Cor 8:4).
We invest our resources and finances in partnership with God. We prove what’s important to us by the way we allocate our time and money. If we truly recognize the privilege of giving, our bank accounts will reflect it.
As God leads, we will be conscious of our limitations, but confident of His provision. Giving as God leads and trusting Him to provide is the definition of faith-filled giving. He’s not after a dollar amount or hourly commitment; He’s after our hearts.
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