As we read Ephesians 2:8-10 we see the patter and layout of being saved. God gifts us and expects us to bless others based on the incredible grace He gave. Life, our resources, time, money, etc. are blessings from God to be used to provide for needs, bless others, and make a difference.
Life as stewardship
Originally economics was about how you utilize the resources that you have. Given the classical detention the Bible says more about economics than heaven or hell. This is profound as life is a stewardship of the resources and opportunities placed before us. We choose how we act and respond to all that life throws at us. Given the Gospel, our intention and hope should be to do good.
Plan for what is important
The important things to us we plan for. Just ask someone what they’d like for their retirement and you’ll see some sort of plan in place. In a time when spontaneity is at a premium, it’s amazing that most incredible youtube moments are well executed plans. Our times, resources, and money need a plan to spend out in life.
Think kinetic not potential
I remember in science class the discussion between kinetic energy and potential. In high school we often heard the “you have the potential to…” statements. Potential energy we learned was stored up. Kinetic energy is action. We need to act. We can use our resources, time, and money to accomplish what God has us here on Earth for.
As we read Joseph’s words in Genesis 50:20 we see a deeply wounded and hurt person engage and realize what was going on. Jospeh had every right to be bitter, seek vengeance, avoid conflict, bring destruction, pile on guilt, ridicule, and lambast is family that hurt him. He didn’t.
Don’t rob people of goodness
When we chose to not engage. When we choose to fight dirty instead of fight clean we rob people of goodness. We focus on the evil of the actions instead of the good God wants to bring out of the situation. For sure this was NOT easy for Joseph. Often he had to leave the room to deal with his emotions. Many would suffer if Joseph chose to not fight clean.
Feel the pain, seek the peace
Engaging a situation by fighting clean is hard. It hurts. It is not easy. Every fiber in your body may say no, just write them off. The other side of working through conflict, of fighting clean is peace. We don’t see the good in the struggle, we see the good when it’s over. There is hope at the other end. There are are things we can do. Yes it is hard, but you can do it.
Here is more that can be said, but read Genesis 5:20 again on mediate on it. Don’t rob yourself or others of goodness. Hang in there and see God’s good plan for you work itself out.