Five Minutes with God

Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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Jul 17, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

In this thought, I want to focus on the concept of stewardship. A steward is one who is placed in charge of certain things in his master’s absence and given responsibility to do with those things as the master would do. Jesus tells this parable to illustrate the importance of being a faithful steward until He returns, and it is a principle that applies to each of us. The truth of the matter is that all that we have—our abilities, possessions, opportunities, and very lives—are not our own, but in reality are great blessings and gifts from God. Likewise, our families and the church are also things that God has placed in our care. All of these things have been given to us to use according to the Master’s will and to use for His good purposes. Upon His return, Jesus says, those things that we have been given by the Master will be brought into account. Those who have used them faithfully according to God’s will will be greatly rewarded, while those who have squandered or neglected their gifts will be punished. May God help us all to be faithful stewards!

What are some of the gifts that God has given you to use?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!