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AUTHOR: NAD Stewardship

―Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.‖ Ephesians 4:14–15 (NIV)

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Paul seems to imply in this text that some remain infants or children as it relates to their faith in God. This is especially true in the study and practice of stewardship.

A man once visited a home and saw a child riding a rocking horse. After watching the little boy for some time he wittingly remarked, "He reminds me of some Christians. There is plenty of motion, but no progress."

The church can never complete her task if we only remain in the ―kindergarten of stewardship.‖ Not only our tithe and our offerings, but our total life must be surrendered and consecrated for service.

What should be done:

"If you have robbed the Lord, make restitution. As far as possible, make the past right, and then ask the Savior to pardon you." CS98

He is quick to forgive. Then, determine by the grace of God to be faithful from this day forward.

Appeal: Our offering today is for our Church and its service to the gracious Lord, Jesus Christ.