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Altar Expressions: Giving From a Thankful Heart (2 of 4)
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INTRO: Alright, take your Bibles now this morning and turn with me to Genesis chapter 6, if you would. As I reminded you last week, January is stewardship month here at Temple Baptist Church, and stewardship means that everything that we have belongs to God.
• Our time belongs to God – every minute of every day.
• Our talents belong to God – those gifts and abilities that He created us with.
• Our testimony belongs to God – what He did in us. What He's doing for us and with us.
• Even our treasure belongs to God – our checkbooks, wallets and bank accounts.
And it is important that we live and it is important that we give with the understanding that we are stewards, administrators if you will, of all that we have been entrusted with by the Lord. Because when the Lord sees that He can trust us with what He's given to us, then He'll entrust us with even more. Did you know that's a proven principle that is found in the Word of God? Don't turn there, but write down this verse. . .
Matthew 25:23, this is the parable of the talents, and "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things." And if you were to keep reading in that passage, you'll find where the Master takes the talents from the unfaithful steward and gives them to the one who had shown his faithfulness.
So, the Bible teaches that when we're faithful in those things that we've been entrusted with, our time, talents, testimony and treasure, the Lord will give us even greater opportunities to show our faithfulness and our good stewardship to Him. But, if we're not – well, you know the old saying, "Use it or loose it."
ILLUS: I heard about a grandfather who one day gave each of his two grandsons a great big box of chocolates. Well, one of the boys grabbed his box of chocolat ...
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