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By God’s grace we can be conduits of God’s infinite love, with our time, our money, and our love. We can be windows for others to God.

Take time just now to consider how God can use all your resources to bring God's love to the world.

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Listen

Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'"

Luke 16:1-2

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Think

I don’t whip out Greek words often but there is a cool one in today’s passage: diaskorpizo, pronounced sort of like, "Die, scorpion! Oh!" This dangerous-sounding word means “I waste; I scatter,” or “I scatter by throwing in the air.” Jesus says that charges were brought that this man was “wasting” [diaskorpizo] his assets.

We don’t usually think about wasting our money as scattering it, but perhaps we should. Think of any number of movies in which a character threw money in the air, and the chaos that ensued afterwards.

A trip to the mall or store can be like that, scattering our money. Sometimes shopping is a necessary pleasure; sometimes it can be buying the fiftieth t-shirt or the thirtieth pair of shoes. It’s true for far too many of us: we "diaskorpizo" our money, and this waste can sting us like a scorpion.

Money is time; money is ability. What might you be able to do if you scattered less of your money? Who knows? Perhaps something wild and wonderful for God.

Michael Usey

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Pray

O God, let me not waste my time, my money, or my love. I give them to you, to be a window to you this week. Amen.

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Go

Be generous with your time,
Your money,
And your love
To all those around you.

But get ready to be surprised
By how your generosity is
Made bigger by the exceeding
Generosity of God.

Michael Usey

Michael Usey is pastor of College Park, an American Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He grew up in San Diego and so speaks fluent Californian. His wife, Ann, teaches English at a Quaker high school. Together they have three wild and wonderful offspring—Nathan (20), Zachariah (18), and Hannah (14), as well as two dogs, Lily & Loki.

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