The Law of the Lord is Trustworthy

Psalm 19:8-11   The law of the LORD is perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, pure, and true. When we embrace God’s laws, our soul is refreshed, we gain wisdom, our hearts rejoice. We know deep down that His laws are more desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold.

We often think that rules and regulations hem us in, that they can sometimes infringe upon our freedoms. Think about it, how do you feel when something you want to do seems to go against the rules? Do you become indignant when someone else issues an order, thinking to yourself, “No one can tell me what to do.” Do you cringe at having to obey? 

Yet, we know that laws allow us to live in relative safety. Just so, God’s laws lay a foundation for a safe and just world. Obedience to His word refreshes us and brings us joy – more so than having a hoard of assets. His laws are perfect, trustworthy, right, pure, and true. 

Trust that God knows you, loves you, and wants the best for you. Believe in faith that His commandments are for our good. As good stewards, we believe that being obedient to His word is how we find the true sense of peace, joy, and contentment that we seek. 

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God Calls You

 How do you respond when God calls you? Are you quick to say, “Here I am” as Abraham said in Gn 22:11 and Jacob in Gn 31:11? Or, do you cringe a little, and worry about what His call might mean, what it might cost?                                                                                                                                                                                                           

We hear a great message from St. Paul in Romans 8:31-32 where he tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?”

God calls us to be good stewards of all of His gifts. That means we recognize and admit that everything we have is from God. We are to receive His gifts gratefully, develop them and manage them well, and share them with others. We are to be more concerned for others’ needs ahead of our own. And we are to be obedient to God’s commands, believe with faith and hope that He loves us and wants what is best for us, and trust that He will provide. 

So, what will your response be? Does your response change if you think the call will take too much time and effort? Do you hesitate if that call costs you money? Could you sacrifice your only son? That’s a tough one – to have to choose God over my children.

Living stewardship and giving courageously requires our unqualified, heartfelt response to God, “Here I am, Lord. Count on me.” And why wouldn’t we? After all, if He is for us, who could possibly be against us. We can trust that He will give us everything else along with Him! 

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In the Desert with Jesus

Jesus was driven into the desert as we read in Mark 1:12-13, “At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” And this – right after being baptized. He trusted that God would provide for Him during those 40 days. To help Him get through it, surely He clung to the words God said to Him on coming up out of the water, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased (Mk 1:9-11).” 

Living a stewardship way of life, putting God first in every area of our life, giving courageously of our Time, Talent, and Treasure, requires that we trust God. To live stewardship requires that we believe in our core that we are His children. And so we cling to His promise to provide, even in the midst of our desert, our trials and temptations. We know that God does not tempt us. Rather, we are tempted by our own desires (Jas 1:13-14). To help us stand firm and be confident that we can, in fact, trust God, we too hear Him say, “You are my beloved.” 

So, don’t give in to the temptation of thinking you can’t afford to give, or that you need to buy things to be happy. Instead, be courageous, give generously. Be confident in your position as a child of God, and trust in His provision for you. Give and be a part of the majestic mission of the church to serve the poor and make an impact in your community. See if in doing that you don’t begin to have the sense of peace you truly seek. 

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Do Everything for the Glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31   So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

What do you have that you haven’t been given (1 Cor 4:7)? God gives us everything. Every single thing.

Think of all the gifts and blessings God gives to you: your talents and abilities, drives and desires, every moment of time to use and enjoy these, and every dime of treasure you earn when you employ your time and talent. Everything!

What do you do with these gifts? How do you use them? We know from paragraph 226 in the Catechism that we are to make good use of created things; to use them only insofar as they bring us closer to God. How we use our time and talent and how we spend our money impacts our relationship with God. It is important to get this right. In Luke 16:11 Jesus tells us that if we are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth – which is eternal life!

So, in whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 

Entrusted with a Stewardship

1 Corinthians 9:16-17  If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

God called Paul to preach the Gospel, but preaching the Gospel may not be your charge. God gave Paul the gift of oratory, and so he felt obligated to preach. And like with Paul, God gives each of us unique talents and abilities. As disciples, we should feel obligated to use them for the good of His kingdom. 

What talents and blessings has God given to you? He entrusts you with their stewardship. What does that mean? The Church defines “stewardship” as:

  • Receiving God’s gifts gratefully.
  • Tending and Managing those gifts as best we can.
  • Sharing them in love and justice with our neighbors.
  • Returning them with increase to the Lord.

Doing this is being a Disciple. Doing this is how we live a “stewardship life.” God is counting on you. Can He trust you with the stewardship of the gifts He’s given you?

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