April 8


Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 50:1-6 | Deuteronomy 32:28-52 | Luke 12:35-59 | 

Proverbs 12:24

Today’s Scripture Focus: Luke 12:35-59

The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns (Luke 12:42-43 NIV).

Everything we’ve been given—our possessions, our talent, our gifts—all of it has been given to us by God. We are stewards of his good gifts. One day we will give an account for how well we have managed what we have been given.  

Twice in my life I have been in charge of caring for a home while the owner was away. In both cases they were beautiful homes with scenic views. I enjoyed both of those homes to the fullest. Yet I knew that at some point the “master” of the home would return and I would be accountable for how well I took care of the home.

In a similar way, Jesus tells us that we are accountable for the way we use the gifts of this life—and not just the possessions—we are also stewards of our time, our talents and our relationships.

Make the most of this life. Make the most of the gifts God gives. Be a wise and faithful steward of what God gives you. There are blessings that await those who prove themselves to be wise and faithful in this life.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings you have poured out in my life. Help me to remember that I am a steward of all I have received from you—time, talents, resources, gifts, and the rest—help me to be a good and faithful steward. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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