Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Writing a Check from my Father's Account

For those of you who've been reading my posts for any amount of time, you probably have noticed that I often reflect on my relationship with my dad. It's not that I wasn't close to my mom, God rest her beautiful soul, because I was. I guess it's because my Heavenly Father often draws analogies from my earthly father to teach me truth. And so this morning, I share with you another truth that God has shared with me.

On the Sundays that I'm not teaching, my dad sits beside me in Sunday School. Sometimes he will pull out his checkbook and hand it to me. He doesn't have to say a word, because I already know what he wants. He wants me to write out his check for his offering. His hands are still strong, but a little shaky, and he likes for it to look neat. I already know how much he wants to give, so I write the check; he even has me authorized to sign it for him. If you realize how much I still look up to my dad, then you understand how much of an honor it is for me to be able to do that for him.

Actually, I've been writing checks for my dad for a long time. Back when I was a boy, he would sometimes hand me his checkbook when he needed to pay someone on the farm and his hands were dirty. Also, I used to often write out payroll checks to the guys that worked for him on Friday's. And, after I got old enough to drive, he sometimes would send me to pick up supplies with a blank check for me to fill out.

In all of that, he would never check behind me to make sure I made it out to the right person, for the right amount. Though I could have, he knew I would never write out a check to myself that I didn't earn, nor purchase anything that he did not intend to buy. I think it was because he knew that I knew that it was all his money, and I was just given the responsibility to spend it in his name. (He also knew that I knew he'd tan the hide if I went crazy with his checkbook).

That story connects us to a truth about our Heavenly Father. You see, everything in this world was created by God and belongs to God. We are simply stewards of what is His. God has given us the authority to write checks from His account, so to speak. And we should consider that a great honor. And with that great honor, comes great responsibility. Every single day we have the chance to please and glorify the Father by how we handle what is His. Not in just spending money, but how we handle everything that belongs to Him. Time, talent, abilities, natural resources, whatever it is. We should ask ourselves, "Does God want that?", "Would God buy that?"; "Would God handle it that way?"; "Would God treat them that way?".

Listen to what Jesus said..."If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people's things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?" - Luke 16:10-12 NLT

I shudder to think of the disappointment my dad would have for me had I ever spent his money on things he didn't approve of. And it bothers me even more knowing that the Lord has been disappointed with me in the times I was not a good steward of what is His. (Lord I'm sorry).

If you feel the same, then I pray that you will join me as I reconsider how I handle what God has given to me. We have a great opportunity to please and glorify Him. Let's not blow it...again. Let's make our Father proud.

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