Stewardship thoughts for March 2018
March 4: Lent 3
Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.” Our sanctification flows from the justification which we have received in Christ. His love for us transforms us into His image. This is why the Bible talks so much about giving – because we are to imitate God in His generosity.
March 11: Lent 4
John 6:8-9 – “One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?’ ” The disciples focus on the numbers: so little for so much! But the Lord’s grace will not be limited by the narrow vision of His disciples. The Lord has a plan to use even the little for His work of greatness. So let us be faithful even in the little and watch the Lord use it for His great works!
March 18: Lent 5
Genesis 22:2 – “He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ ” It’s hard for us to even fathom a faith as strong as Abraham’s: he follows the Lord’s Word even when it seems impossibly hard. But he does so because he knows that the Lord only means to bless. What happened here to Abraham should be an encouragement for us: trust the Lord and keep His Word.
March 25: Palm Sunday
Zechariah 9:9 – “Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” No king ever rode to war like this. But no king had ever come to wage battle by dying. In His Passion, our Lord Jesus gives everything He has and is; He does this to bring us from death to life and to make us His own people.
March 29: Maundy Thursday
Exodus 24:8 – “And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.’ ” The blood of the Old Covenant foreshadowed the only true sacrifice of the New Covenant, the Blood of Christ. A sacrifice has been made for sin, and we receive the benefit of this sacrifice as we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Having been brought into the kingdom through his sacrifice, we now learn to live our lives as living sacrifices “in faith toward Him and in fervent love toward one another.”
March 30: Good Friday
Isaiah 53:3 – “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Behold the Lamb of God, the Man of Sorrows, the Suffering Servant who gives His all that our sins might be washed away and so that we might be brought into His Father’s kingdom and family. Every sacrifice pales in comparison to this One True Sacrifice.