For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 NKJV
God exemplified a Divine blueprint for faithful stewardship! When He gave His life He established a forever principle of selfless sacrifice. He set the example of the unchanging Christian standard of giving. He modeled sacrificial giving! In the giving of Jesus He could have given no greater gift. He gave everything He could give. He gave His life so that the human family could live forever.
In a recent sermon, Ty Gibson emphasized the sacrifice of Jesus. He stated that He laid down His life, void of self-interest. He laid aside his omnipresence for “all eternity.” He pointed out that He was willing to sacrifice His own life because of His love for us. He further stated, “God loves you and me more than His own existence.”
Have you ever given thought to God’s responsibility as a steward of the plan of salvation? He was the only One who could pay the penalty for our sins. He was the only One who could satisfy the sin’s wages. He was the only One who could meet the price for our redemption. What if He had mismanaged His sacred trust? What if He had refused to step forward to pay the price? What if He had been unfaithful in His stewardship?
Think about the heaviness of heart that must have settled upon our Savior as he struggled with the darkness of separation while facing the cross. Consider the enormous weight of the sins of all the inhabitants of earth as they crushed out the life of our Lord. Darkness enveloped Him. He sweat drops of blood as He wrestled against principalities, against “spiritual hosts of wickedness.” Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
Jesus said, “ I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down Myself.” John 10:17-18 NKJV
God so loved that He gave, and Jesus laid down His life for us. Love motivated God to give, faithful stewardship kept Him on the cross. “Stewardship and the Cross!”
By Mitch Hazekamp