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#GivingTuesday

November 25, 2014 Journal
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#GivingTuesday, on December 2nd, is a national social media campaign to encourage people to financially partner with causes they are passionate about. We are participating with the #GivingTuesday promotion as an encouragement for all of us to grow in stewardship in its fullest sense.  

It is important that we become good stewards - an effective manager - of all of the resources God has entrusted us with. That effective management starts with humbly accepting that God owns everything.  

Psalms 24 says, "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters."  
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Starting from that point of view puts things in the proper light.  We are in the position of manager and not owner.  We must remember our primary responsibility is to the One who entrusted all things into our care. 

As manager, we have the responsibility to handle time, possessions, environment, finances, and our health in light of God's plan to bless us and use us to be a blessing to others.

God spoke to Abraham about His Great Plan to make things right and make Abraham a blessing to the nations. Abraham was a practical expression of God's goodness by standing for what was right and against the evil in his day. He helped his nephew Lot by giving him the best land for his flocks.  He also rescued neighbors kidnapped and held captive by an oppressive ruler.  The Bible records times when Abraham lived without trusting God to take care of him and his family.  The ruler of Egypt briefly took Sarah, Abraham's wife because Abraham fearing for his life said she was his sister. This didn't just happen once, it happened twice.  Yet God, in His grace, continued to draw Abraham back to the truth that all Abraham had was a gift from God. Abraham could trust God with every resource he had. Let God's love and grace draw us into that same trust, even if it seems so far from our current way of living and even if we are afraid that it may cost us our comfort, security or life. 
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In our own lives, we have seen God provide everything we need (and a lot of the things we want).  We are learning to live more open-handed.  This week it came to light that one of our fellow missionaries at language school is in severe financial need.  Because we can trust God to meet our personal needs, we are free to bless this family with help during this time of trial.

Let God give each one of us the faith to believe that all of the resources He has given us really belong to Him. Let God bring us into His plan to bless us and also make us a blessing in the places of great brokenness in this world --the poor, widow, orphan, alien and exile.  Let God give us the wisdom to be faithful managers of His resources on #GivingTuesday and every day forward.

Tim

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