So here’s the final T of the three T’s of Stewardship…
Treasure: Many of us have treasure, some, more than others, and they can be different. God asks the same of all of us…the best of all we have; our time, our talents and our treasures. This was the case of Cain and Abel. “In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part brought one of the best firstlings of his flock” (Gn 4: 3-4). Do we see what’s going on here? Cain gave of his fruit, while Abel gave of his best. This is what God is asking for, the best of whom we are and what we have. Not only as it concerns Him but as it concerns each other. He asks us to offer a tithe of our worldly goods, but not just a tithe, but the best. This is hard for some of us, to give 10% of our income and give to him first. This is what Jesus calls out in the parable of the “Widow’s mite”. You may be saying, “Well Deacon Phil, you don’t know my situation”… and you’re right, I don’t, that’s between you and God. Just understand that whenever you give the best of yourself the Lord blesses you with great abundance and never leaves you wanting. All He asks is that we trust Him in this.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and remember…fasting without prayer is “slimfast”…luv ya!