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1 Peter 4:10
10 As [kathos] every man [hekastos] hath received [lambano] the
gift [charisma], even so minister [diakoneo] the same [autos] one to
another [eis][heautou], as [hos] good [kalos] stewards [oikonomos] of the
manifold [poikilos] grace [charis] of God [theos]. KJV-Interlinear
10 As each one has received a
special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God.NASB
As visitors to this
planet, our true home being in heaven, God has give to each one of us, gifts,
resources, things that belong to Him, but have been placed in our custody and
care while He (Christ) is away.
We are left to the management
of Gods possessions.And the principle
possession of God is Bible doctrine, which has been left in our care for the nourishing
of our own souls and therefore our lives, both now and forever.
Beyond doctrine, which
becomes the foundation for our life and orientation to everything else in life,
we are expected to be good stewards as we live and interact with people.
Whether they are
obnoxious or pleasant makes no different, our attitude is to be consistent with
all of whom we interact.
When people ignore
their spiritual lives, when people reject God, when people openly abuse that
which has been given to them, when they simply don t care, then trouble is not far
We are currently
witnessing hard economic times, and for most folks, the belief is that these
things can be solved with government controls or policies, or some type of
human solution.However, we know that
Jesus Christ controls history, and all of life revolves around mans attitude toward
Christ.Positive attitudes reap reward,
negative attitudes reap trouble.
And society seems to
have gone indifferent to the very basics of morals.Left unchecked, then this uncaring attitude
will turn society into selfish animals.In every situation in history, negative volition toward God, doctrine
and ones spiritual side of life, has earned society extremely hard times.Often it takes hard times before people
realize that life is not theirs for free without responsibility or
stewardship.There are always repercussions.
Everyone born into this
world, received the gift of life from God.Everyone receives a gift or a talent of some sort. And with these two
things they can find their way through life, to God, doctrine and their
Everyone who has
believed in Christ, has received the gift of eternal life.A double life gift, if you will.Everyone likewise, receives a spiritual gift,
which may be an enhancement of their physical gift, or something else entirely.
Again, these gifts are
there to aid you in your spiritual life, which includes responsibility and
accountability for your decisions in life.You will be held accountable.Unfortunately people take these things and head off into the jungle of their
own design, and then wonder what happened, when life falls apart.
For I know the plans I
have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. NASB
God has a plan for your
life, it is a phenomenal plan which will get you through this life, and
position you for the best possible and phenomenal life for all of eternity.
Unfortunately, most folks
do not give this concept much credibility.They would rather stampede over and kill other people in order to get a
good deal on a television, caring nothing about the ones they hurt, and still
maintain that their values are better than those spelled out in the Bible.
And by the way, this
verse in Jeremiah is one that you should place on your refrigerator, or note-board,
and certainly within your own memory.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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