There’s been no art happening in my “studio” this week, at least not in the traditional sense. No, this week was a lesson in practical arts. A desire in my own becoming has been to be a better steward of this life gift, and money is the current focus. So stewardship this week took the form of learning to shop the sales, use coupons, and stockpile. The result? 5 stores in 4 hours and $350 worth of groceries and toiletries for $230, some of which will last us 6 months or more.
Change is hard and a lot of work. Seldom do we get to see such immediate reward for obedience. I mean, wouldn’t it be awesome if we dropped 5 pounds after each workout? But the truth is that there is blessing in obeying what we know God has called us to. Sometimes the blessing it’s easy to recognize. Other times it’s harder to discern. We may have to wait a long time for the blessing, and we might not ever see it in this lifetime.
Sometimes the blessing isn’t even for us, but for someone else, which doesn’t seem fair and can make it really hard to obey.
“For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” – Romans 5:19
Jesus was the ultimate obey-er and we get the blessing.
Clipping coupons seems rather paltry and insignificant compared to Christ’s sacrifice, but the heart to obey is the same. Which is the point.
So where does God have you focusing your obedience? Have you seen blessing or are you waiting?
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