Happy Saturday Breaking Bread Family!
I know that I slacked off a few days this week, and to make up for this, I’m going to post today and tomorrow. I truly hope that the messages shared touches someone’s heart, and helps to create positive change with a lasting impact. Without further delay, here’s today’s message…
For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
-Ecclesiastes 2:21 NIV
What is the purpose of working hard, saving and investing your money, if you will end up leaving it to those who will squander it away carelessly? You must strive each day to become more financially literate and capable of being a wise and loyal steward so that you can educate and empower those who stand to inherit from your hard work and labor.
Our financial dignity weighs heavily on the decisions we make, the advice we take, and our commitment to rebuking low-living thoughts and lifestyles.
Is what you are doing today providing a road map and healthy portfolio for your heirs 20,40, 80, or 100 years from now? If not, then make the time to reconfigure your life and your vision for your legacy. If you fail to do so, it may be short-lived or re-written by the foolish decisions made by your unprepared heirs.
Now consider this: we were left a royal inheritance through the bloodline that led to Jesus, and then Jesus left us with an even greater inheritance. How are we stewarding it?
How do we honor his life and his name? What things do we do and say in his name? How are we multiplying our talents? How are we taking care of our minds and bodies?
How are we showing gratitude for the shelter and clothing that keeps us cool on hot days and warm on cold days? How are we managing the finances that we were and are blessed by God to possess?
What do you think Jesus is saying about his legacy and how we are honoring it? We did nothing to receive it. He did all of the hard work. How do we honor him for what he gave us?
We can be good stewards or not, God gives us choices. Just remember what you leave behind and to whom. Will they steward better or worse than you?
Father, prepare me each day to better myself in every way, and when I bear a child prepare me to nurture and educate them so that they too learn to work hard; and that their inheritance from me is well-earned, well-received and well-invested. Let my other family members also be prepared over these long, beautiful days, to be receptive and well-equipped to take on the weight of their inheritance, left by me, in trust, that they too will be good investors and not careless fools.
Love you all,