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Today is the third week of three weeks about stewardship. Two weeks ago, Bruce led us through a lectio divina exercise on the verses that talked about three men entrusted with resources and how they did or didn’t serve their master faithfully. Last week, Ken Blanchard talked about Jesus asking Peter to take his boat out after a long night of unsuccessful fishing and asked the question, who is the captain of your ship. I’ve appreciated that they have broadened the usually narrow focus of stewardship beyond giving money to the church to giving more of ourselves. That theme continues today. I want to start by introducing you to two men. James Smith, the author of The Good and Beautiful Life, met both these men when they were late in life.
Anyway, as we come to chapter 4 of First Corinthians, we’ve come to a passage in which Paul is speaking to this church which he founded about some of the ways they are measuring maturity, specifically their own and that of the leaders who have built into their lives during those first 3-4 years of their spiritual development. In reading Paul’s words, one gets the feeling that not only were they a bit over-generous on their measurements of themselves; they were significantly under-rating the spiritual fathering which Paul and Apollos had exercised in their lives.
Sermon on Matthew 21:33-46 by Dr. John Oakes, December 2, 2011, Holy Trinity, Vancouver.
Each of us are given certain resources in life. Our job is to manage those resources, take care of them, to work with God to capitalize on them. The thing is, we tend to neglect certain resources that God has entrusted to us. The writer of Proverbs 24 likened our neglect of some important parts of our lives to a farmer who neglected his farm, his crops, and therefore his livelihood.