Daily Devotion - September 17, 2020 - Wise Stewards Of What?

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – September 17, 2020
Reading: Ephesians 3:1-20
Weekly Theme: Wise Stewards
Today: Wise Stewards of What?

As I child I grew up on a farm where my mom and dad taught all three of their children the importance of working hard and of taking care of what God has given us. One way they did this was through growing and selling strawberries. We became involved in growing strawberries through the 4-H program. We had 12 rows of strawberries that seemed miles long. Our responsibilities were to water, de-weed, pick, sell and help deliver the strawberries. Our reward was a family vacation each year. My parents made us stewards over the strawberry patch and we were rewarded not just with a vacation but with the knowledge of learning how to take care of something God created. In today’s passage, Paul teaches us of the responsibilities of being wise stewards for God.

Specifically, we are to proclaim the unsearchable riches of God and as the church to help others understand the administration of the mystery of Christ. In other words we are to proclaim God’s love poured out through Christ. The word dispensation is used in this passage and it means to “have charge” over something or to have oversight, management or stewardship responsibilities. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 3 that as the church we are to be wise stewards by working out God’s eternal plans and purposes on earth and by sharing the good news of God’s grace. The primary mission of the church then is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To make disciples, involves being good stewards and taking responsibilities seriously. These responsibilities begin with prayer, as Paul illustrates in verses 14-19 and exemplifies that we should pray that every family on earth embraces God (who named them) and be strengthened through and by the Holy Spirit. He prays that Christ will dwell in the hearts of all and that by being rooted and established in the love of Christ, they will be empowered by God with other Christians, to fully grasp the magnitude (width, length, height and depth) of Christ’s love. Wisdom is when we understand that this love of Christ is greater than any knowledge we can gain from secular teachings and books and that his love alone will fulfill our greatest need of all; our need for a Savior.

In essence, this means that as the Church, we are stewards and dispensers of God’s amazing grace and should be obedient to our call which is to live and work to and for the praise and glory of God. Are you and I wise stewards of God’s grace? Are we sharing with others the wonderful news of what Christ has done in our lives with others and praying that God will provide us today with opportunities to tell others about the magnitude of the love of Christ? Let’s pray that we might recognize and seize these opportunities today!

Dear God, thank you so much for your grace and for sending your Son Jesus to show us what grace looks like through his life in ministry on earth, through his death on the cross for our sins and through his resurrection and victory over death. Help is to be wise stewards who dispense your grace to others whom you place in our lives today. We pray that you place us in the right place, at the right time to share this good news of your great love with others. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

 
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