July 23, 2019
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 23 July 2019
God's people are responsible for how they live their lives, which is to say that the Lord has given a stewardship to every believer, and He also gives his provision for being a steward. Now, “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:10a) by discerning God’s care and provision even when it is different than expected (Isa 55:9).
At a wedding in Cana, a bridegroom and his family depleted their supply of wine, and would be greatly embarrassed by this fact. Mary became aware of the shortage and called to Jesus for help. He instructed the servants to “fill the waterpots with water” and take them “to the headwaiter.” The men were not responsible to turn the water into wine for God would do that; they were to follow the Lord’s instructions with all their might, precisely as Jesus commanded.
A servant is someone who takes orders from another. Every believer is in the service of God and is, therefore, a minister of the Lord (Rom 12:4-8; 1 Cor 12:4-7; 1 Pet 2:4-5, 9). Every member of the body of Christ makes a necessary contribution to the purposes of God. The body of Christ depends upon all members sharing responsibility in various ways, and thus no person is insignificant within that body.
Leaders have accountability before God for their role. Each member of the body of Christ is destined to makes contributions and service to the will of God. Consequently, the focus should be not simply upon the obviously gifted individuals; rather, how to exhort each member to service. The late legendary football coach Bud Wilkinson once remarked that Christianity is like football: “There are 22,000 people in the stands who desperately need exercise watching 22 people on the field who desperately need rest.” The body of Christ is not meant to function with only a small group participating and a much larger group spectating.
What is the requirement for stewards? The only thing that truly matters for a steward is to be found faithful to the one whose property is managed. God is the one to whom all servants must answer because success will be judged by Him alone (1 Cor 3:2-5). At his coming, the Lord will judge the inner me and the inner you. The wrong motives will be disclosed — “things hidden in the darkness” — so that we will know our hearts (4:5). Those things that are good and proper will be apparent, as praise will come to the trustworthy from God (Matt 25:21).
God is not impressed with mediocre efforts. Subsequent to his Bread of Life discourse, many withdrew from the Lord Jesus because they regarded his teaching to be “difficult” (John 6:60, 66). Although the Word of God, the Holy Bible, may challenge us on many occasions, the character of a faithful steward is to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). “Whatever your hand finds to do, do itwith all your might” (Eccl 9:10a). You will certainly encounter mistakes along the way and you will need to confess your failure (1 John 1:9; Jas 5:16), then having done so “press on toward the goal.”
Your Missionary to Our Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.