A common mistake many of us make is that we compartmentalize God. We put God in a box labelled "Sundays" because that's when we think about him. Or we put God in a box labelled "Emergencies" because it only in cases of emergencies that we pray and seek God's help. We have to realize God is bigger than any box we can put him in. God encompasses the whole earth. First the psalmist (Psalm 24:1) and then the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 10:26) remind us, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."
If the earth is the Lord's, I have to realize that I'm part of the earth. What does it mean that I am the Lord's? If I belong to him, how does that affect my life, the way I live, and the values I live by? We tend to look at our lives selfishly, "It's my life and I'll do what I want!" But if my life belongs to God as my creator, I can't be selfish. My life is meant to be lived for him. Each of us must decide what it means for us to live our lives for the Lord.
Not only is my life the Lord's, but everything I have is the Lord's. That's a very different outlook than most people have. We think of what he have on this earth as ours and we might generously give something to God. But the earth is the Lord's and he generously gives us everything we have. We are to manage it and use it for his sake. Even when we teach stewardships ship and money management in the church, we usually think, "I'll give God the tithe, but the rest is mine." We have to rethink our values.
In this Sunday's message we'll look at one of Jesus' last parables, "The Parable of the Talents" or the "Parable of the Bags of Gold" (Matthew 25:14-30). I've titled the message, "If It's All God's, What Am I Doing With It?" That's a good question! If I believe that everything I have is God's, am I using it in a way that honors him? Am I using what God has given me in a way that accomplishes his purposes?
Some people think, "When the pastor talks about my money and the stuff I have, that's a good Sunday to stay away from church." I want to encourage you to think otherwise. Jesus says that we will be held accountable for how we use what he has given us. We don't want to wait until we stand before the judgment seat of Christ to find out we did it wrong and mismanaged what he gave us. This Sunday learn how you can enjoy life and the things God gives you and still manage it in ways that accomplish his purposes. Join us for worship at Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m. or Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m.