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AUTHOR: NAD Stewardship
“Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:9-10 NASB95
Our definition of stewardship being, God-centered living, is especially appropriate here. This Scripture introduces us to the principle of the “first.” It is telling us that we always give God first place, that he is first in every activity of life. Peter said that God was first in his life. He swore that he would die for him then we find him swearing that he didn't know Him.
The Jews said God was first, but they were more interested in pleasing the Romans when the test came. Many Christians talk and sing about God being first, but when His work needs some effort or money, it's a different story. The question that each of us must ask is this: “Does God really come first in my life or after I get everything I want for myself, He can have what remains, just the left-overs?
All the teaching of the Bible is that God must come first, God must be supreme. Jesus said if we would seek the kingdom of heaven first, then all the necessary things of life, such as food, clothing, and shelter would be given us by a loving heavenly father knows our needs.
Appeal: Our offering today is for some of the special needs of our Conference.