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The Spiritual Disciplines of Lifestyle by Dr. Ken Bo - Part One

October 05, 2016

As Financial Advisors at Christian Credit Union, one of the most notable differences in our work is the focus of “stewardship” over the gifts God has given members to manage. It is a humbling privilege to help members in this way and we appreciate your business.

Our Vision Statement guides our focus in this area and is stated on our website:

Promoting Biblical Stewardship of financial resources in our Reformed Christian community.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” -1 Peter 4:10 NIV

Your Financial Advisor team at Christian Credit Union partners with a faith based resource group called Kingdom Advisors. The excerpt below is a sample of the many resources available for advisors to ensure our focus is always guided by the word of God.

- Carol Haayema, CFP®

Stewardship of Time

Each of us has been given enough time to accomplish God’s purposes for us on this planet. The Scriptures exhort us to invest our time wisely, reminding us that God determines the length of our stay on earth. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Toward the end of his life, Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time” (Franklin Field). Time is our most valuable asset, but without a proper perspective, we will spend it foolishly. A biblical perspective on time involves several things: 1. Life is brief, and we cannot be presumptuous about the future (James 4:14). 2. The eternal gives meaning to the temporal (Romans 13:11; 2 Corinthians 4:18). 3. Like other assets, our time is owned by God (Psalm 31:15). 4. We must be sensitive to opportunities so that we can make the most of them (Ecclesiastes 8:5; Colossians 4:5). 5. Our use of time will reflect our priorities (Matthew 6:19-21, 34).

Just as it is wise to budget our financial resources, it is also wise to budget our use of time. Most time is wasted not in hours, but in minutes. If we do not regularly assess the way we spend our 168 hours per week, our schedules will get cluttered with activities that may be good, but not the best. How much quality time do we spend with the Lord, with our spouse, with our children, and with our non-Christian friends? God wants us to be faithful stewards, not squanderers, of the time He has given us.

Stewardship of Talent

We have seen that stewardship in the Scriptures always relates to the management of something that does not belong to us, but to someone else. Even our talents and special abilities belong to God. We own nothing that was not first given to us: “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). God has entrusted us with aptitudes and abilities, and as good stewards, we must use them for His glory and not our own.

This is true not only of musical, artistic, athletic, academic, business, and persuasive talents, but also of the spiritual gifts we have received. “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly” (Romans 12:6). Peter specifically relates spiritual gifts to the concept of stewardship: “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).

Faithful stewardship of natural talents and spiritual gifts requires that we use them to glorify God and edify others. Our purpose is not to please ourselves, but to serve others. “Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself” (Romans 15:2-3).

In the next article, we will focus on the Stewardship of Treasure.

Excerpts From: Conformed To His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation by Dr. Ken Boa Copyright 2014 © Kingdom Advisors • All Rights Reserved Conformed

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