Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's all a gift

“...God gave humanity authority over the world's resources but not ownership. We have received what we have in the way a fund manager receives other people's money to invest, or as, in ancient times, the steward of an estate received his authority over the estate. The steward of a great estate lived comfortably and enjoyed the fruits of his labor, but he never made the mistake of thinking that the wealth under his care was all his. He was tasked to manage it in a way that pleased the owner and was fair to his fellow servants.

“This concept is counterintuitive for most Americans. We believe that if we have had success in life, it is mainly the result of our own hard work, and we therefore have an absolute right to use our money as we see fit. But while the Bible agrees industriousness or the lack of it is an irreplaceable part of why you are successful or not (Proverbs 6:9-11; 10:4), it is never the main reason...In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God.”— Generous Justice, pages 88-89

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Amen! Good preaching! We are called to use our resources wisely—all of them—and for the furtherance of God's kingdom, not our own. Reminds me of a recent post with a quotation from Finney.

I wonder how Keller would feel if he knew I just tied him to Finney :)
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