Making the Most of Opportunity

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [money].
—Luke 16:13

Whether we acknowledge it or not, nothing that is ours is truly ours. A steward is “one who is accountable to another.” In our case, we answer to God for all He entrusts us with. Keep in mind these words from the apostle Paul: “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Are you faithful? Which representation of worldly wealth is your biggest obstacle to godly stewardship? Your house? Your possessions? For many of us it’s money. Here is God’s wisdom: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Stored riches on earth will break down and can be stolen. But those treasures we place in heaven will be preserved forever. The Bible tells us to focus on the eternal:

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NASB).

My friend, place your trust in God alone. Ask Him today to help you make the most of the opportunities He brings your way. Seek to become rich in good works for God. Use your finances to help others. Give Richly. Serve sacrificially. And above all, love unconditionally.

Read Making the Most of Opportunity on Elizabeth & Jim George.

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