2 Corinthians 5:1-5
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
As we continue through this stewardship season, we need to remember that all of our efforts, our desires, and our goals in stewarding our blessings should be focused on God. The Apostle Paul says we should desire to be with God above all else. This is a great reminder of why and how we are to steward God’s blessings in this life. Someday we will go to be at home with the Lord, but in the meantime, let’s do our best as good stewards for God’s kingdom. Let’s remember these two points from Pastor Terry’s sermon:
- The way we use our time, talents, and treasures for God is essentially rooted in our deepest longing for God.
- Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians is not only for our future but also for the present.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- What is your deepest longing? Where does being in a relationship with God and stewarding your resources rank in your wish list?
- What are some ways to foster a genuine desire for God, as we move through this stewardship season? Can you think of some ways our stewardship of our blessings relates to our desire for God?
Lord, you have given us all things, but most of all, you have given us an opportunity to be in a relationship with you. Help us to never take this lightly, and help us nurture that desire to be in your love. Amen.