29 Jul Be An Envelope
Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Thought for the Day: I am God’s envelope!
A friend once told me that becoming a parent is like being handed a very important letter from God. While that letter will eventually (approximately 18 years later) need to be delivered somewhere else, parents are tasked with caring for it until then. I have found this is the secret to having peace as a parent. None of us needs to be an expert or have all the answers. Instead, God asks us to care for and nurture our children until they are ready to be delivered on to the next phase of life.
Parents aren’t the only ones given this special task. Every Christian has been asked to take care of what God has entrusted to them. Some care for households and families, and some have specific professional responsibilities. Since we know that God owns everything, we can relax and do our best with what God gives us. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul calls this being Jesus’ “steward”.
Each of us experiences moments when we struggle to maintain the right perspective. At those times, we may start to think that we have more responsibility than we actually do. It is easy to think that we need to do more than we can. Relax – we don’t. Instead, we simply need to be God’s faithful stewards of what He has put in our care, or as I like to call us, God’s envelope. As long as we remember where our responsibilities start and end, we can leave the rest up to God. After all: “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” So, the next time you feel like you need to do more than you are able to do, give your concern to God and accept your role as His envelope!
Pastor Stan (and David)