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40 Days of Renewal 2019

Feb 03, 2019 | Randy Gunter

40 Days of Renewal: “New Management”

Psalm 24:1

40 Days of Renewal: “New Management”

Review: We are dead to sin and alive to Christ. We are not to allow our sinful flesh to rule us, but must rule overour bodies and use every part for righteousness and God’s glory. We are to walk by the Spirit, live by the Spirit and sow to the Spirit.

This message is meant to be a practical lesson for managing life well.

  • How we live our lives and what we do with resources reveal what we believe about God.
  • How we spend the resource of time reveals what we believe about the eternal God.
  • How we spend money reveals the god we serve.
  • How we spend the resources of health and energy reveals what we believe about redemption.

Biblical stewardship, the management of life and resources, is deeply theological.

In ancient times, when someone was required to travel, a trusted steward was given the responsibility to manage the person’s household until they returned. 

God has chosen us to be stewards over his creation. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and overthe birds of the heavens and overthe livestock and overall the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”(Genesis 1:26 ESV)

We are also managers of God’s grace, the gospel message, the church, and ourselves—our bodies, mind, talents, abilities, andpossessions. Each of these belongsto Godand has been entrusted to us to manage well. 

We must accept the responsibility with a spirit of reverence and respect. The way we handle the resources entrusted to us speaks volumes about our relationship, respect, andtrust for God who has assigned them to our care.

“New Management” Essential Truths:

  1. God owns everything. The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1 ESV) Because the Lord created everything, everything belongs to him (Colossians 1:16).

  2. God designates us to manage what belongs to him.

  3. God rewards us when we are faithful managers.

  4. God will require each of us to give an accounting of our management. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.(2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV)

    One day, Jesus will ask: “How have you used what was entrustedto your care?”

  5. God offers grace for anyone to start or restore proper managementof his resources.
    1. Restoration begins with confession and repentance (1 John 1:9)
    2. Faithful management is basedon havingthe right beliefs—God owns everything, he designates us to manage it, he rewards our faithfulness, and he will hold us accountable.
    3. Faithful management is sustained in God’s power as we purpose to be faithfulmanagers, realize the fruitof our labor, live a life pleasing to God, and experience abundant harvests by abundant sowing.

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