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My Dads Red International Pickup

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									My Dad’s Red International Pickup
Inro. My purpose is to show the three keys of successful stewardship. Last weekend concerning Father’s Day and one important memory came to mind that upon closer reflection truly typifies three important Biblical principles regarding my stewardship before God. My father owned the vehicle yet permitted me to use it. Priviledge. My father placed great wealth in my hands. Provision, gift, blessing. My father’s expectation of work to keep it up.. Responsibilty.

1. God owns everything. Psa.104:102 Priviledge and honor bestowed by a loving gracious God. “It’s my money and I want it now”
a. God’s ownership of everything is a foreign concept to most of us. We like to think of our money and our possessions. Yet the Bible makes it clear that God owns everything. All things were created by him and for him (Colossians 1:16). Everything belongs to him. To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it (Deuteronomy 10:14). For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). The world is mine, and all that is in it (Psalm 50:12). "The silver is mine and the gold is mine," declares the LORD Almighty (Haggai 2:8). You might ask, "But don't some Bible verses, such as Proverbs 3:9 and Colossians 4:15, refer to people owning possessions?" Yes, they do, but underlying these verses is the knowledge that everything belongs to God. For everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all (1 Chronicles 29:11). 2. God alone gives us wealth. "As for every man to whom God has given riches and
wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor--this is the gift of God." Ecclesiastes 5:19 a. Deut.8:1-11 USA Independent and take credit or ownership. b. 12-17 c. 18 3. God expects hard work. a. Here’s how Paul reconciled hard work and the grace of God: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
Paul’s response to the grace of God in his life was to work “harder than them all,” not just to hang around as if God’s grace is a divine excuse for man’s sloth. Jesus was not too gracious with the one-talent guy who failed to produce any fruit. He went right to the heart of this lack of productivity: LAZINESS. “His master replied, „You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?” Matthew 25:26

As usual with Jesus, harvest was the real issue. Today, the harvest is plentiful, but the WORKERS are few. Why? Maybe because so many people have an aversion to hard work. They’d rather sit around, do nothing, and call it grace. Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor (Proverbs 12:24). Prov.18:9, 19:15,24. i. Without struggle we will never develop your potential....Have you ever watched an ant carrying some object two or three times its own size? Success belongs to those who are too small to carry what they believe in....but too stubbern to leave it behind.

But you must be a doer. God does not give us wealth - He gives us the power to get wealth. There is a difference. Too many sit down and wait fo God to drop something into their lap. A dream without corresponding action amounts to nothing. God will give you the power to succeed, but you have to take it, develop the plan and work at it.

b. Ex.20:9, Gen.2:8,15 Conclusion: Interesting how my dad’s pickup taught me great lessons: My father owned the vehicle yet permitted me to use it. Priviledge. My father placed great wealth in my hands. Provision, gift,blessing. My father’s expectation of work to keep it up.. Responsibilty. God owns everything, gives us the power to get wealth, and he expects and blesses hard work. These are the basis of successful stewardship. Psalms 139:1-10


								
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