FRIDAY August 24, 2018
Stewardship with Opportunities
Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia). And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while
with you, if the Lord permits.
I Corinthians 16:5-7
Paul made sure that someone was approved by the Corinthian church to carry the monetary gift needed for the Jewish Church in Jerusalem. Paul would go to Jerusalem, but he would not touch the money. He wanted to be blameless.
We need to love and care for one another in the body of Christ. We should be concerned for the poor. You can never out-give God by giving to those in need. Some people are genuinely poor, but others stand on the street corners, and they are cons. Some people do not like to work–– they want hand-outs. We need to be wise and ask God for discernment when we give to the poor.
Paul also had an opportunity to first visit Macedonia and then go onward to visit the believers in Corinth. He loved them tremendously, even though they did not believe he would come to them. The heart of Paul was always for the people; he never wanted to take anything from them. He always gave of himself to others.
Paul always prayed for open or closed doors. Notice the word if––if it was God’s will, then Paul would go. He was hoping to be with the Corinthians, if it was God’s will––then he wanted to do it. Paul recognized the Lord’s leading.
If God opens a door of opportunity, are you willing to go? Are you sensitive to what God is saying to you in your prayer life––listening?
He may want you to walk through an open door, but if it is closed, stop!
You never want to force your way through a door.
I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my guide.
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