As our “Home Experience” bible study continues, we are learning so much about how to make our homes a place of peace and love. The next principle Devi shared with us is the “Use What You Have Principle”. She is referring to the teaching in Matthew 5 that instructs us to use what we have been given for the benefit of the Kingdom of God. The story describes a business man who is going on a trip. He leaves his possessions to three different people. Upon his return, he evaluates what each has done with the possessions he left with them. You can read the whole story in Matthew 25:14-30. A key verse is “…..You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21) Those who took care of and increased what they had been given were rewarded.
Three main points can be drawn from this passage.
- The attitude that we should have toward the material possessions God has entrusted to us;
- The responsibility we have to care for those possessions and to use them for God’s Kingdom; and
- The end result of caring for them, depending on how we decide to manage and use them.
In this chapter, Devi encourages us to open our homes, hearts, and lives sharing them with others and using them to display God’s love and peace to those around us. As Christians, we believe that everything we have belongs to God. This belief makes us the manager of all we have been entrusted with by God. Sharing and taking good care of all we have been given is important to God. She cautions us not to wait until we feel like our homes are perfect or until we get that new couch. The love of Jesus that lives inside each one of us will warm and welcome and bless our guests.
It is so important that we are grateful for what we have been given. If we are ungrateful, complaining about our lack and hoarding what little we do have, we will have not joy, prosperity, or fruitfulness.
If you desire to have…
- The joy of the Lord flowing in your home
- Your investments multiplied
- The reward of The Master
……then you must eagerly seek to find those things that build the Kingdom. Wisely use what you have to its maximum potential for the Kingdom of God.