Wasteful Shrewd Steward

A manager was accused of wasting a rich business owner’s goods. How often does this happen in today’s generation? The owner called him asking ‘What is this I hear about you? One might say this steward was in serious trouble. A position where believers as stewards do not want to be with our Chief Executive Officer, God. As the story goes the rich business owner demanded the shrewd steward to give him an account of his management and proclaimed that he could no longer be in management anymore. In other words he was FIRED! Like God this business owner removed this person for his incompetence and unethical behavior. However, God’s judgement or removal may happen at anytime in the future, on the day of the Lord, when we all stand at the judgement seat (2 Corinthians 5:10).  

 Be encouraged children of the light, never tire of your good works, for you will receive your just reward (1Corinthians 3:14). Just remember men and women of God, as business owners or other leaders, our CEO, God has high expectations of His called stewards as His image bearers (Genesis 1:26) who are to serve, care for, and manage His Creation and demonstrate integrity, love, and unselfish behavior.

Word of Encouragement: God has equipped His stewards (servants), with His Holy Spirit to help them be faithful stewards over His Creation (2 Corinthians 3:16-17) wherever they are in this walk of life and whatever the position He has placed them in the kingdom. All we have to do is follow the Holy Spirit’s lead (Galatians 5:16).

Love is Commanded

Did you know that love is commanded, sure you do, however, some people forget even our ancestors forgot God’s two greatest commands in loving Him with all one’s heart, mind, and soul, the second is loving one’s neighbor as oneself (Matthew 22:36-40).

In 1 Kings 21:19, 25, King Ahab did not adhere to his basic teaching regarding God’s law and love, in loving one’s neighbor, when he made claims to Naboth’s vineyards after his death and by committing idolatry he did not demonstrate that he loved God with all his heart (1Kings 18:18). Furthermore, due to the complexity of his behavior by being led by his wife’s wicked behavior, who had Naboth killed because King Ahab was distraught over not getting his way when he offered Naboth a reasonable trade for his vineyard and he refused, King Ahab went to his royal palace and sulked, like a spoiled brat (1 Kings 21:1-14). However, his behavior was not like that all the time, he could be courageous, like when he disguised himself to go into battle (1Kings 22:29-30) and sometimes humbled himself towards God (1Kings 21:29). These changes in his behavior proved that his behavior was inconsistent and he was not aware that love does no wrong to his or her neighbor.

Romans 13:10-14 informs believers that “love does no harm to his or her neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Think love and peace. Serve God and serve others.

Moral of the Story: Follow the two greatest commands of God, don’t follow your significant other’s behavior if it is bad, and be consistent with your behavior with God and people.

Blessings and love from the Father.

God My Guardian

God My Guardian

God my Guardian of love

Laid His right hand on me

As He picked me out of a crowd

How blessed how endowed

God my Guardian of love

Has patient understanding

That is why I am still standing

To some I am moving too slow

But my Guardian Father knows

Prayer:

Father forgive me if I am moving to slow.

Give Him

What do you give Him who has given you the sky.

The air you breathe. The deep blue seas. The green grass.

The honey from the beehive. The apple from the tree.

The fish from the pond. And His only begotten Son.

What do you give Him, who took away your sin.

Wiped the tears from your eyes, gave you a reason to be alive.

What do you give Him. Who held you in His arms.

And protected you from all harm. Sheltered you from the storms.

Who said, “I will never leave you.” “You are Mine.”

And set a table before you, in the presence of your enemies.

And whispered in your ear, “Victory is yours and there is more.”

What do you give Him for the gift of love and eternal life.

Whatever it is, it must come from a heart that is right and pleasing in His sight.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17).

The Beauty of God’s Love

The sky is navy blue a blanket of serenity.

His Kingdom stands strong in power overseeing the land.

A purple horizon marking the trail of the King’s Royal Robe.

Wild grass blowing in the wind, takes a breath, stops.

Then bows as He passes.

What bliss, what favor to see what God sees.

The beauty of God’s love in you and me.

Directing our hearts in joy, peace, and love.

Come here! gather around, so You will see, the beauty of God’s love.

Prayer: Father, may we be at peace in the beauty of Your love.

Loyal Love

Ruth 1:1-17

To shorten the story of Naomi and Ruth, I will begin with Naomi and her daughters-in-law in the deaths of their husbands. Naomi being windowed and poor gave her daughters-in- law a choice to leave their country or follow her. Ruth and Orpah were not of the same tribe as Naomi, they were Moabs, and Naomi was Judean, and originally from Bethlehem, Judah where she was planning to return.  Orpah made the decision to stay in Moab and kissed her mother-in-law goodbye. Ruth decided to go with Naomi even though Naomi pleaded with her not to follow her. Ruth’s response was for Naomi not to urge her to leave or turn back. Ruth was adamant, and said “Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” Good things happened to both Naomi and Ruth when they left Moab and returned to Naomi’s homeland. You can read the story and you will see the path, in my perspective, the perfect example of loyal love to someone you are clinging close to and God working out everything according to His purpose and His loyal love to you.

 Hold on, wait a minute now! Here is an added piece to this story as it reflects Jesus’ calling to follow Him. In Matthew 10:35 Jesus declared that He had not come to bring peace to the earth. “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Jesus’ expectation is and was that if one claimed to love Him, him or her would demonstrate loyal love towards Him and love for God, they may have to leave their family to go wherever He wants them to go and do as He did, in being His witness and sharing His compassion and love. He has given the believer the Holy Spirit, the heart of loyal love and power to follow Him (Acts 1: 8; Romans 5:5).

Moral of the story: Cling close and show loyal love to those who follow God in truth and Spirit. And most of all, cling close to Jesus.

Hold on To Hope

The opposite of hope is discouragement, sadness, and depression. The Biblical meaning of discouragement is a loss of confidence and hope; Having one’s courage extinguished. Take a moment and imagine a tall red suited fireman or woman pulling out a super-long hose from a firetruck to put one’s flaming house, that is on fire out. That fire is burning inside of you to accomplish whatever you need to do in your workplace, home, community or church or better yet the Kingdom.

Job in 6:11-13 asked “What strength do I have, that I should hope? And what is my end that I should prolong life? Is my strength of stones ? or is my flesh bronze? Is my help not within me?

Apparently, Job did not know what God said to Joshua, in Joshua 1:9, God said to Joshua (and to many past and current believers including me) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” God was so sincere about what He commanded that He repeated it three times when speaking to Joshua.

And apparently, Job did not understand that the joy of the LORD was his strength (Nehemiah 8:10). However, a spirit filled believer’s assumption is that he or she understands what God spoke to Joshua pertains to him or her also and that the joy of the Lord is his or her strength, in addition to understanding that Jesus is with him or her until the end of time (Matthew 28:20).

Beloveds remember that God’s mercy, His loyal love, endures forever and you are no longer alienated from God, but you have been reconciled by Christ’s physical body through His death on the cross presenting you as holy in His sight, free from accusations and without blemish. He has given you the Spirit of His love and hope. Hold onto that hope through faith in Christ, walking in the newness of life, you are alive in Christ, living to testify, shout, and sing of God’s love. Sing hallelujah! Praise God for the love and joy He gives!

Prayer: Father thank you for the hope, love, and joy You so gracefully have given us. For this we praise you. Amen

Moral of the story: Your spiritual flame of love and hope can never burn out for God is living in you, just keep adding fuel to the fire (His Words). Be Strong and courageous! Hold on to your hope in Christ.

Wishes Do Come True

Numbers 11:12-29 NKJV

Moses was upset with God because he had to listen to the complaints of the people he was leading, and he had enough of their complaints. One could say he was bold in questioning God when he blurted out “Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth?” sounds like a serious conversation one a person would have had with his or her natural boss—not God. Moses may have been angry because God told him to carry the people in his arms, like a nurse carrying an infant, to the promised land.

Moses may have been thoroughly disgusted when he posed the question “Where can I get meat for all these people? He explained to God that the people were yelling, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ Surely in any generation that can be pretty annoying. Moses voiced that he was stressed, from the burden of leading the people alone. Moses may have felt that God had given him more than he could manage. He voiced his feelings in telling God to kill him if He was going to treat him in that manner for, he did not want to see failure. However, God gave Moses solutions to the demand for meat, his need for help, and after another complaint, God shared Moses’ Spirit with seventy elders who prophesied and helped Moses run the camp (see Numbers 11:16-25).

As the story comes to an end. A young man saw two men prophesizing, who did not belong in Moses’ camp, so he ran to inform Moses. Moses response was “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!” Luke in Acts 2:17 repeated the words of Joel regarding the Spirit being poured out on all people and the sons and daughters having the ability to prophesize. Wow! I am purely in awe! I am sure you know that Moses’ wish came true at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47).

Moral of the Story: We do not know that the words we speak or what we wish for God has already purposed them. What is your moral of the story?

Fiery Furnace

Enjoy

Daniel 3:

King Nebuchadnezzar made a decree to worship a gold idol —hmm sounds familiar, well anyhow he commanded the people that at the sound of the flute, lyre, harp, zither, and pipe, and the playing of different kinds of music to fall down and worship the gold image (time for reflection). Stop and think for a minute. Apostle Paul informs believers to flee from idolatry, that pagan worship violates union with Christ (1Corinthians 10:14-22, NKJV).

As the story continues King Nebuchadnezzar declared that there would be a burning hot deadly punishment (he didn’t use those words) for not following his commands as specified.

The punishment was that whoever did not follow his commands they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. That was not going to be a party where one sings” The roof is on fire we don’t care” kind of fire, it was a burning, hot coals, blazing fire that was meant to burn someone alive kinda fire. Furthermore, to make the situation worst, some instigating astrologers brought some fuel for the fire by snitching on Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego for not following the decree of serving King Nebuchadnezzar’s god and worshiping the gold image.

When they were brought to the king, they abruptly informed the king, that they were not going to follow his commands, that they would only worship and serve God and God would save them and even if He did not, they were not going to comply to the kings’ commands, so the king ordered the fire starters to pump up the heat seven times hotter. They then were well tied and thrown into the fire. Well we know the end of the story. Their faith was unshakeable, and God delivered them out of the fiery furnace. They could have said “The furnace is on fire we don’t care, because God is going to get us out of here!”

Moral of the Story: No matter how hot the fire is or whatever the circumstance keep your faith and believe that God is going to deliver you.

A Great Wise King

King Solomon was a great man of fame and had large audiences who desired to hear his wisdom. The queen of Sheba also had heard how wise and rich he was that she just had to see him. She was curious and wanted to test this wise King with what she may have considered would be some questions that were hard. She arrived with her entourage and a great caravan of camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones, and met with Solomon, she expressed all she had on her mind. She most likely was amazed of how he answered and gave explanations for all of her questions. When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, the cup-bearers in their robes and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed. Furthermore, she was wise for she listened, and it increased her understanding (Proverbs 1:5,CSB).

 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom that was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.” Those statements bears repeating, so I will, but first one must understand that it is important that those who work under one’s lead and care, must be flourishing and happy in his or her work environment or in every arena of life.

God’s expectations for His leaders are not only that they have His wisdom but to have hearts of love and compassion in caring for and meeting the needs and interest of those they lead, and not their own self-interest (Philippians 2:4,NIV). How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the Lord your God. Many leaders(male and female) are called by God to be leaders. However, we have a greater wise, famous, loving, caring, and compassionate King to emulate, sitting on the throne, whose name is above all names, Jesus Christ. We can ask Him anything and nothing is too hard for Him.

One moral of this story is: People want their questions answered and to be cared for. What would be your moral?