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Unformatted text preview: Stewardship The Management of Life Success Failure Disconte nt Happines s The only true security lies in a simple, childlike trust and dependence upon God. Money Represents Life Money is a visible representation of the actual expenditure of life itself. When he gives a gift of money to God, he is really giving a portion of his very life—that portion he used in making the money. In this way a person who may never have had the opportunity to go as a missionary can, through his gifts, send a portion of this life to some foreign field. Call to Reform God, through the prophet Malachi, called for a reform among His people. “Return unto me, and I will return unto you.” [Malachi 3:7] God pointed to this as the diseased root to all their problems, for it was a clear evidence of the selfishness in their hearts. This selfishness was infecting every part of their lives. There is need for a genuine reform in the church today. The last warning message, which should be going forward with jet speed, is in many areas slowed to a walk because of the selfishness of God’s people. CS, p. 52 “God cannot pour out His spirit when selfishness and self-indulgence are so manifest.” The Results of Reform 1 God will be able to pour out His Spirit without measure and the gospel can go to every corner of the earth. The Holy Spirit will open hearts to receive divine rays of light. 6T, p. 450 “When all are faithful in giving back to God His own in tithes and offerings, the way will be opened for the world to hear the message for this time.” The Results of Reform 2 Unselfishness will permit the church to move forward in unity, marching as an army with banners, armed with God’s Spirit, impelled and added by divine power. The world will then witness a force not seen since apostolic times. The Results of Reform 3 An acceptance of the owner-manager principle will be seen in the unselfish use of time, talent, and means in carrying the gospel message. The Owner-Manager Relationship To really understand the Owner-Manager relationship, one must recognize the difference between an owner and a manager. The First Sin a Violation of this Pr The first sin in heaven was also a violation of this Owner-manager relationship. Lucifer, a created being, refused to recognize his relationship to God. Cast out from the courts of glory, he enticed Eve by a delusive argument to forget that she wasn’t an owner. Christianity Based on Same Princi Jesus said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” [John 6:38]. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” [Acts 9:6] This is the question of one who is looking for orders from a superior, not the words of an owner. Right Attitude Brings Security As a manager under God, a person can enjoy the freedom of dependence. He can be sure that all his plans are under divine control and direction. He also has the assurance that the daily needs of both him and his family will be for Happiness Placing trust and confidence in God at all times and under all circumstances will free a person from worry over the uncertainties of life. Adam Faced Tests The original tests required of Adam and the tests today are similar because of the points tested. Adam was tested on obedience, recognition of God’s Ownership, love, and faith. Men are being tested today on these same points. While no tree of knowledge of good and evil is involved, God has specified certain areas in which the same tests apply. 4 Tests Area 1. Sabbath—oneseventh of time. 2. 3. 4. A test of obedience to God’s commands Tithe—one-tenth of A test of recognition of increase. God’s ownership Freewill Offerings— A test of love and faith time, talent, means. Management of A test of the remainder of trust. attitude and direction of life MAN’S PART IN THE PLAN OF REDE “If man will become channels through whom Heaven’s blessing can flow, God will keep the channels supplied.” “It was… [God’s] purpose that the longer man lived the more fully he should reveal this image —the more fully reflect the glory of the Creator.” Education, p. 15 Partnership with God—human effort combined with divine power. Human being prepares the soil and plants the seed, but it is divine power that causes the seed to spring into life. CS, pp. 198, 199 “God has made men His almoners, copartners with Himself in the great work of advancing His kingdom of the earth; but they may pursue the course pursued by the unfaithful servant, and by so dong lose the most precious privileges ever granted to men. For thousands of years God has CS, pp. 198, 199 worked through human agencies, but at His will He can drop out the selfish, the money-loving, and the covetous. He is not dependent upon our means, and He will not be restricted by the human agent. He can carry on His own work though we act no part in it.” God made man His partner in the plan of salvation to make it possible for him to develop a character of selflessness. THE MEASURE OF A GIFT “A gift to God cannot be measured by size, but by the degree of sacrifice that it represents.” Equal Giving is Unfair “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders.” [Matt. 23:4] The Smallest was the Greatest God is contrasting Heaven’s measure of a gift with the world’s evaluation. People are impressed with the amount, but Heaven weighs the degree of sacrifice involved. Jesus said that the poor widow had given more than any of the others because she had included part of her very living. The poor woman wanted to express this love, but looking into her tiny store she couldn’t find enough to adequately fulfill the desire she had in her heart, so she added a part of her very living in order to satisfy this longing for The Wealthy could have Equalled h A wealthy person could have equaled her gift—if he had given everything he had plus his nest meal. It is not sin to possess wealth. The sin is in hoarding wealth or in its selfish use. Equal Sacrifice is Fair “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord they God which he hath given thee.” [Deut. 16:17] There is only one instance in the Bible where equal giving was required, and that was in the case of and atonement, or a ransom, for the soul. The amount specified was to “The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less.” [Ex. 30: 15] In this God clearly taught that men’s and women’s souls are of equal value, whether rich or poor. Paul emphasized the principles of equal sacrifice. “Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.” [1Cor. 16: 2] “It is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.” The Motive is the Important Thing In heaven’s balances the size is of no importance. It is the motive and the degree of sacrifice that are the measure of a gift. Man is unable to judge motive; neither can he evaluate the degree of sacrifice that any gift Therefore, he must be very represents. careful in his estimation of any gift, regardless of its That I May Know Him, p. 167 “God considers more with how much love we work, than the amount we do.” SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSONAL SACRI Any method used to secure funds that is a substitute for personal sacrifice is unacceptable to God.” - Mel Rees A selfish heart will go to any length or employ any means for selfprotection. The constant search for substitutes for personal sacrifice is not an abnormality of the jet age-it Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 629 “The people reserved for themselves the finest of the flocks, herds, and beasts of burden, excusing their sin on the ground that the cattle were reserved to be offered as sacrifices to the Lord. It was their purpose, however, to use these (merely as a substitute ) to save their own cattle.” Selected Messages, p. 413 “Instead of appealing to man’s reason, to his benevolence, his humanity, his nobler faculties, the most successful appeal that can be made is to the appetite. The gratification of the appetite will induce men to give means when otherwise they would do nothing.” ...
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