We Are Here for a Purpose.
Living for self is self-destructive, and it gives no long-term peace, contentment, or security. Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes that he tried everything to find happiness in life, but all his attempts led only to fleeting earthly joys and dissatisfaction. Solomon had everything and tried everything, leading him to say that all is “vanity and striving after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:25). Such is a selfish life which ignores spiritual purpose and relationships. After having accumulated everything that he wanted, Solomon said, “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun” (Eccl. 2:11).
Although God made Solomon the wisest person in the world, Solomon chased after things that brought no lasting fulfillment. Nothing has changed; materialistic and consumeristic lifestyles of our day are just as pointless as in Solomon’s time. Security, satisfaction and purpose in life can be gained only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). He is telling us that our old “I” is nailed to the cross with Jesus as our new Master, putting us under new management. Now we have a new existence with Christ. Christ’s love changes the direction of our lives – from self to Him who has made and redeemed us. The compelling love of Christ pulls us away from gratification of our old nature and strengthens us for using all the spiritual resources He has given to serve others. God’s love is the energizing power that is essential for every life. Indeed, He died for all people so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for the Man Who died and was brought back to life for them.
So, from now on, our perspective is that through faith we are all new creations. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships (2 Cor. 5:15-18). Our intimate connection with Him is seen in every aspect of our lives - spiritual, physical, material, intellectual, and social. Because of who we are and Whose we are, our purpose is to submit to God and follow His leading.
Love One Another (1 John 4:21)
“By this all men [will] know that you are [my] disciples,”—not if you wear a gold cross, but—“if you [love one another].” That is the Christian’s badge of his being, in very truth, a disciple of Jesus Christ. Here, at this table, we find fraternity. Whosoever eats of this sacred supper declares himself to be one of a brotherhood in Christ, a brotherhood striving for the same cause, having sincere sympathy, being members of each other, and all of them members of the body of Christ. God makes this to be a fact throughout Christendom even now, and how will the world marvel as it cries, “See how these Christians love one another!”
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892)
DEFINITION of STEWARDSHIP
Christian Stewardship is “the obedient management of life and all its resources under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.”
"When we trust God we are free to rely entirely upon Him to get what we need." ~ Richard J. Foster
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)