Love Filled the Need
The word “love” is used in many different ways: “I just love pecan pie!” “I love my child.” “I love to play basketball.” The word is thrown around so carelessly that its meaning has deteriorated.
If we want to know what love truly means, we can go to God’s Word. There we find that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). We understand what that means only as we continue to delve into Scripture. We find that, since God is love, He acts in love. Everything He does, He does out of love for us, His creation. He doesn’t give us everything we want; He does give us everything we need.
What do we need? We need a Savior, for we are sinners, condemned to die eternally for our sins. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:10), the Apostle John states positively, but his following words demonstrate what God’s love does: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).
That’s love. Because of love, Jesus did not remain in Heaven but came to Earth to become one of us, to suffer and die for us, and then rise again, a resurrection that we now celebrate – Easter – and celebrate every Sunday as we gather together to rejoice in this great love that makes us His own.
He gave us Himself, and He wants us to give ourselves to Him in return. Having given ourselves to Him, it becomes a joy and a privilege to share our resources, our time, our abilities with Him by sharing them with others, just as Christ, out of love for His own, shared His very self with us.
The Depths of Poverty (Philippians 2:6–7)
This is the depth of the poverty of the Lord Jesus: the holy Son of God, who from all eternity had experienced perfect and unbroken fellowship with the Godhead as the object of the Father’s perfect love, became the object of God’s wrath for our sakes.
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.”
THE FACT THAT JESUS IS ALIVE CHANGES OUR LIVES. WE ARE NO LONGER DEAD IN SIN BUT ALIVE IN CHRIST AND EQUIPPED TO SERVE HIM AS LONG AS WE’RE ON EARTH.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6).