“When we value God, we value people… Honor is what love looks like. That sense of value will result in stewardship… Many of us today have received gifts and blessings from above. How we deal with them will determine how we will be entrusted with heavenly riches.” (From Called To Reign by Leif Hetland).
As I read the last part of that quote this morning, conviction entered my heart, and I began to weep for the truths God was revealing to me.
Intellectually, I have known for awhile that my kids are a blessing. I have begun to believe this too. (The rest of this story is in previous blogs from a few years ago: “Afraid of My Children — Part One” and also part two of that story.) Yet, God revealed this morning that there are still parts where I have believed lies above the truth. Even though I have known intellectually that my kids are a blessing, I have not lived fully from that because my belief has subconsciously lived the lie.
Knowing something intellectually is completely different than what you live out sometimes, and what you live out is what you truly believe.
As I read the quote above, what I realized is that I have not valued my kids like I should. I have not comprehended the value of my gift. I have not stewarded my gift to my very best because I have not fully comprehended its value.
I don’t mean I have been a bad mother because that is not true. I am actually a good mother, though it took awhile for me to believe that, and I still struggle with this truth at times. The truth is you can be a good parent, a good spouse, a good grandparent and still not really treasure the gifts you have been given.
Here’s the powerful truth: If you understand the value of something, you won’t feel inconvenienced by it.
I want to say that again.
If you understand the value of something, you won’t feel inconvenienced by it.
If you and I were given a two million dollar inheritance, we would feel honored to steward it. If a friend bequeathed their Jaguar to us, we would feel honored to “steward” it. If God gave us a ministry that impacted hundreds, we would be honored to lead it. If we received a job promotion, we would be honored to receive it.
Yet, the only thing of eternal value are people. We can’t take our jobs, our possessions, our promotions, our degrees to Heaven with us, and I am not undervaluing them; I am just not over-valuing them.
We spend so much time valuing and serving things, but things are only to serve for the benefit of people. People are not to serve as the promotion of the things.
God revealed that the stewardship of my earthly sons and daughter is the first step to an abundant inheritance of spiritual sons and daughters. Do I steward with the understanding of the abundance of my inheritance and the resources of my inheritance that enable me to steward it?
Here is the final raw truth that is powerfully convicting:
What we feel honored to serve or what we feel inconvenienced by shows what we really value.
There are times that I have felt inconvenienced by my greatest treasures, and yes, my greatest treasures will always hold my greatest responsibilities too.
If I have my Heavenly Father’s heart, I will see the value in each person that I am called to serve and no longer will they be an inconvenience but an honor to steward/serve.
Lord, continue to change my heart to look more like your heart. You, are my greatest treasure and so are the things that you treasure — no matter how much responsibility and effort on my part they take to serve. Thank you, that with every responsibility, there is also an abundant supply of your resources to wisely and lovingly steward what you have entrusted to me.
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
This means that our sons are being raised from their youth in the Word of God and the fertile soil of love. Our daughters are also being raised from their youth on the foundation of the Word of God and become heart-connections to bring unity to the family. There is much more that this verse means; I am just beginning to dig. Feel free to join me in digging for more treasure.