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Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 10
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A Moment of Reflection

Honor the Lord with Your Possessions

By Ernest S. Underwood

Ernest Underwood

    There are many verses of Scripture that deal with man’s necessity to be a good steward of his possessions, recognizing that all actually belongs to God. Paul stated, “Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). Solomon said, “Honor the Lord with your possessions” (Proverbs 3:9). The master in the parable of the talents condemned the man who was given one talent because he failed to be a good steward of what had been entrusted to him. God said to the rich farmer of Luke 12 who had hoarded what he had, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?”

    Let us be honest with ourselves. Are we being good stewards of the bountiful blessings God has given to each of us. What about your time? How much of it do you use in studying God’s Word, in worship to Him and in everyday service to Him? What talents have you dedicated to His service? How terrible on that day of accounting to hear the Master say, “…cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).

    What kind of steward are you?

Negotiation with God

By Ernest S. Underwood

    There are folks who like to “dicker.” In Mexico and other countries, when the tourist sees something he wishes to purchase, the seller expects to dicker the price. It can be fun as long as neither one is unfairly treated in the transaction.

    It is my firm conviction that there are those even in our locality who have an idea in the back of their mind that they will be able to negotiate with God on the Day of Judgment. After all, in this life they can bribe politicians, judges and make “back street” deals to get what they want. “Why not with God?” seems to be the attitude. Let’s notice a couple of verses in the Bible that lets us know that there will be no negotiation with God.

    “God in His divine mercy has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). God in His love and goodness has given us all that we need. In Matthew 7:22-23 some tried to plead their case. Their plea was rejected on the basis that they knew their responsibility but chose their own way instead. Then, this final verse says it all: “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). The word is settled, no negotiation or dickering. Don’t be deceived, God will not be mocked.

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