Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are blessed to be a blessing. “Keep ever an empty vessel for me to fill,” bids the Lord.
Keeping in mind that God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, I thought of Psalm 23:5 -“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.” There’s also Matthew 12:35, where Jesus teaches that, “the good man out of the good stored up in him, brings out good things.” We are the vessels that God fills with His love, peace, joy, truth, and every other good thing, and through which His blessings flow out to others.
The message speaks specifically about money. We’re cautioned against hording it, and told to use our wealth for Heaven’s sake. We are to bless others with all we receive from God. Wealth is not just money, though. Wealth is every revelation God gives us. It is the health we have, the lesson we’ve learned, the joy we experienced, all things that touch our hearts or stimulate our minds and bless us. The new recipe I came up with is a form of wealth. It’s something I can share with others. The extra half day off I have is wealth; and I can use it to clean up the yard for the little elderly couple next door, or something like that. And, yes, sometimes we do need to spend some of that wealth on ourselves as well. An afternoon spa treatment, hair color and condition, facial, etc., is just what the doctor ordered sometimes-especially around the holidays.
The point is that we’re not to be afraid to give of what we have if it’s really needed. God sees, and He has our backs. We are to be good stewards, however. Planning and saving for retirement, college funds for our children, and such things are good stewardship. We are to manage our wealth in such a way that we don’t need to burden anyone. But we must also keep in mind the parable about the rich farmer who died with storehouses full of food. In the end, the wealth went to others anyway. There is a difference between good stewardship and a miserly heart.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 2, 2018, 12:31 p.m.