The Test of Letting Go
God uses money every day to test our hearts.
Oswald Chambers said, “With Christ, it is not how much we give, but what we do not give that is the real test.” Are you holding on to something that God has asked you to let go of? The world says success means more money, more fame or more power, but God’s Kingdom is not of this world. In it, success is found in faithfulness. Our joy is made complete when we focus on being faithful stewards. It’s not found in titles, status, income, houses or cars. Nor is it found in Black Friday deals or the accumulation of more stuff.
Joy is found when honoring the priorities of our Provider. He wants stewards to faithfully use the money he’s entrusted to them to advance his kingdom. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians, “…it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2) Stewards manage what’s in their care. Solomon advised in Proverbs 27:23, “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever…” We have a limited time on earth to manage what God’s given us. We must recognize that stewards are called to humbly obey the Lord by working hard, giving generously, and providing for our families. To walk the path of good stewardship, set up a budget. Define your short and long-term goals. Then, exercise daily self-discipline so you can reach your target. We all want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23) So, acknowledge that you’re being tested. If you’ve been asked to let go of something, seek God for strength to release it today.
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