Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28
Listen: Ephesians 4
Paul has written this letter to new Christians—and us—as a reminder, “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1). That includes working, being useful, and not stealing.
Though surprising, Paul needed to tell early Christians not to steal. He wants them to realize who they are in Christ should affect their behavior on into the lives of others. An honest day’s work should provide for our own needs with enough to share. God’s grace and generosity to us should then work its way out through our resources, finances and possessions into the lives of those in need. Watch the video clip below as Senior Pastor Jeff Manion explains, “generosity of resources.”
The “Grace Effect” should inspire and direct the way you view money and material wealth. At Ada Bible Church, we encourage our attenders to respond to God’s grace by working diligently, spending wisely, saving faithfully and giving generously.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Recognize the connection between God’s grace and your resources. With open hands, pray and ask, “Father, help me be open to walking in a manner worthy of your calling with my money and possessions.” This month, small groups will be offered a financial Bible study called Balanced. Watch for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved with a Balanced study.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.