Focus 40 Day 33: Extreme Living through Living Out Whole-Life Stewardship
Prayer Focus: Pray to be a steward of God’s grace – 1 Peter 4:10
Extreme Living through Living Out Whole-Life Stewardship
WHAT DOES IT MEAN to live extravagantly? In the body of Christ, extravagance looks far different from what it looks like in the world. We are not talking about clothes or jewelry or cars or toys. In the Christian community, we are called to live extravagantly through love.
In Luke 10 Jesus explains who we are supposed to love and how we are supposed to love them in a parable we call the story of the good Samaritan. This story tells of a Samaritan man who comes upon someone that has been beaten and robbed. In this moment, the Samaritan man has to make a decision. He might be really busy, he might be really important, he might be in danger, and he might just save the guy’s life. In the story, the Samaritan man chooses to approach this injured man, and in doing so he gives of himself.
It could have been a trick to rob the Samaritan man, but he didn’t care. The Samaritan could have been in a hurry to some important meeting, but it did not hinder him. It could have been uncomfortable, but he was willing to be stretched. (I mean the guy was probably naked! What would people say?) He put all that away and he helped.
He reached out and entered into a relationship with the man. He didn’t know if the man was Jewish, Samaritan, or Greek. He only knew the guy was hurt. He covered him, put him on his own donkey, and bandaged his wounds. Then the Samaritan gave of his stuff. He fed him, he put him up in a motel, and he paid for the doctor to come and visit. And, if the man needed more, he told the inn keeper to send him the bill. Was this Samaritan man good or gullible? Jesus said he was a neighbor.
Join us as we walk through what it is to be a steward of everything God has given us.
Rev. Trey Oldham
Live Transformation Team Member and Pastor