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Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Source: Internet

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Have you ever thought about putting solar panels on your home?  Did you know that if you do, you can actually make your meter run backward? On a bright sunny day, as the sun beats down on the panels and they produce more energy than you can use, the surplus causes the bi-directional meter to run backward. 

Instead of paying for electricity, the electric company credits you for the extra.

 

APPLICATION

Each of us is given a stewardship of grace.  Those who are faithful stewards will produce more light than those who are poor stewards, both now and in eternity.  

Daniel wrote, "Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever" (Daniel 12:3). 

The greater glory with which the faithful will shine in their resurrected state is God's way of crediting it back to them. 

 

To Have More Learn To Be Content With Less

Stewardship Contentment Wisdom

Source: CNBC.COM, by Emmie Martin, January 20, 2018

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-02-02

Scripture: Haggai 1:6 ; 1 Timothy 6:6

Author: Rod Crowell
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ILLUSTRATION

Emmie Martin on CNBC reports: 

"Best known for his roles in movies such as 'National Treasure' and 'Leaving Las Vegas,' Nicolas Cage was once a top earner in Hollywood, worth $150 million.  But Cage didn't hold on to his fortune for long. He squandered it away on a string of expensive and often eccentric purchases, eventually facing foreclosure on several properties and owing the IRS 6.3 million in property taxes. Now worth around $25 million, Cage is taking roles left and right to help pay off his debts." 

What does she mean by 'expensive purchases'?  Try 15 residences (yes, all at once), two European castles, a deserted island in the Bahamas, a 9-foot-tall pyramid-shaped burial tomb, numerous shrunken heads, a pet octopus, and to cap it all off, a $276,000 dinosaur skull that turned out to be stolen and had to be returned to the Mongolian government. Mr. Cage, known for his adept portrayal of eccentric figures, appears to have a touch of that in his own private life.  Yet there's more to learn from his example than merely being more cautious with our money.

APPLICATION

In fact, the Bible tells us that those who fail to place the highest priority on honoring and worshipping God will tend toward impoverishment.  The prophet Haggai chastened the Israelites returning from Babylonian captivity for lavishly furnishing their own homes rather than rebuilding God's Temple, first.  He said, "Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little.  You eat, but never have enough ...You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it" (Haggai 1:5-6).  

On the other hand, 1 Timothy 6:6-7 reminds us, "But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires...." 

That's wisdom meant for you and me, not just for the likes of Nicolas Cage.  

A Pencil In God's Hand

Witness Humility Stewardship

Source: Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection, by Chris Shook, p. 162

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: John 3:30

Author: Mother Teresa
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ILLUSTRATION

"No one thinks of the pen while reading the letter.  They only want to know the mind of the person who wrote the letter.  That's exactly what I am in God's hand--a little pencil."

APPLICATION

This statement reminds us of John the Baptist's declaration, "He must increase but I must decrease" (John 3:30). If we are to fulfill our stewardship and accurately represent the God we seek to serve, we must forget about ourselves.  Like a little pencil in God's hand, we must show the world what's on God's mind. 

Mother Teresa concluded, "God is writing his love letter to the world in this way, through works of love." 

The Measure of Stewardship

Stewardship Money Faithfulness

Contributed By: Nathan Barber | Date Posted: 2015-03-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:2

Author: Paul Chappell
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An Equal Opportunity To Make God Smile

Stewardship God's Pleasure Faithfulness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-12

Scripture: Matthew 25:14 ; Romans 14:12

Author: Kent Crockett / Illustration Exchange
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One Hundred Twelve Wakeful Hours

Time Management Stewardship Faithfulness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-16

Scripture: Matthew 25:24

Author: Henry Blodget / Illustration Exchange
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Billions In Unused Gift Cards Stashed In Drawers

Responsibility Spiritual Gifts Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-02

Scripture: Philippians 4:19 ; Colossians 4:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Year of Time

New Year's Time Management Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-27

Scripture: Ephesians 5:15

Author: Steven B. Cloud
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Safety Is Not Our Goal

Risk Calling Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-31

Scripture: Matthew 25:14

Author: Alan Cohen / Illustration Exchange
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Taxed at 102 Percent!

Devotion Stewardship God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-26

Scripture: Matthew 22:21 ; Mark 12:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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