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Stewardship of our Time (1 of 4)
Ephesians 5: 15-17
The next 3-4 weeks will prove to be vitally important to your Christian walk. We are going to talk today and the next few weeks about STEWARDSHIP. (Don't leave)
1. Not just about Money
2. Involves TIME, TALENTS, TESTIMONY AND TITHE.
But the key to Unlocking the powerful, victorious Christian Life is Stewardship. Understanding what God says about Time,Talents, Tithe,, Testimony.
Look Today at our TIME.
The most valuable commodity, the most valuable asset is time...yet it is the most misused.
Listen to Ephesians 5: 15-17
Background - Ephesians written in 2 parts: Chapters 1-3=Doctrinal, and Chapters 4-6=Practical. (Who you are first and How to walk like who you are, second)
Paul says that we are to walk as good Stewards of who we are. God has blessed us with so much, as good stewards we are to walk like who we are.
?) HOW DO WE WALK AS GOOD STEWARDS?????
1) WALK WITH A WISE WALK - (V.15)
See that you walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools but as wise.
A wise walk is a…
a) CAREFUL Walk. (careful)= to examine closely
You and I are walking around in a spiritual mine field. If we take our eyes off of Christ for a moment, it could mean tragedy.
EX) Driving and look away from the road, texting etc! The devil wants you.
Paul uses a contrast = (FOOLISH/ WISE)
Psalm 14:1 - The fool has said in his heart there is no God.
In other words...A Foolish man, a Foolish Walk does not acknowledge God in what they do or where they go. They take care of themselves.
*The opposite of that is true for a Wise Walk...acknowledges God in every area of their life. (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet)
Really, a wise walk is the WALK OF A GOOD STEWARD.
Sum it up in one word...LORDSHIP!!!!!!
?) Did you know that when you accept Christ as your Savior, you become a slave?
Term is...doulos) = Bondservant
We give up all of our rights and say...I am a servant of Jesus Christ.
LOOK at I Corinthians 6: 19,20
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
STEWARDSHIP IS REALIZING THAT ALL IS GOD'S. EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS GOD'S.
Problem is...you and I don't like to have people tell us what to do and often we don't want God telling us either. Problem with that is...God is not People...He Is LORD!
We treat him like he is the average Joe,...he is the LORD of Heaven.
?) Is Jesus the Lord of your life or the Genie of your lamp. (Just appear over certain circumstances.
GOD WILL NOT JUMP THROUGH YOUR HOOPS. NO MATTER WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE.
If he is not Lord of your life...if you are not his servant...then you are living and walking a foolish walk.!!
(1) Acknowledge him as Lord and walk a wise walk ...
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