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Saturday/Sunday: September 4, 2019

God’s Economic Plan

“ ... give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9)

The above passage teaches us that over-abundance and under-supply are each conditions of potential peril. But God has devised a solution whereby both pitfalls are alleviated by our understanding, and exercise, of the principles of stewardship.

Our city is home to a highly regarded school of theology attracting students from across the globe. Having been called by God to prepare for ministry, many have responded by shedding virtually all their material possessions except for basic necessities, packed those necessities into a couple of suitcases and, with meager resources but rich in faith, have come to study. I consistently hear remarkable, God-exalting testimonies of how their day to day dependence on Him for their most primary needs of daily sustenance have been met in often inexplicable, miraculous ways through the gracious generosity of those who have been provided for beyond their needs. And that is exactly how The Lord has designed His kingdom economy to work:

“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: ‘The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little’” (2 Corinthians 8:13-15).

The temptations of the rich to disown Him and the poor to dishonor Him are effectively diminished when the well-supplied hold loosely to their abundance, rightly perceiving themselves as conduits of God’s blessings rather than terminals.

Question: As a steward of God’s money, are you managing it according to His kingdom purposes?

Challenge: Think in terms of “How much should I keep?” rather than “How much should I give?”

Prayer: Lord, may I never disown you nor dishonor you, but live only to your glory.

Arnie Knecht, Chapel Leaer -- Texas Air Hogs

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