Jeremiah was a prophet to the Israelite people during a time when they had lost sight of God’s vision, and had stopped drawing from the One who was causing them to be fruitful and multiply. They weren’t showing God to other nations anymore, and God appointed Jeremiah to tell them His plans for them and how they could change and start acting like His people again.
In Jeremiah 29:7, He says, “And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” This wasn’t just any city; the people of Israel were enslaved there. God said they would be in bondage in this city for 70 years. And He wanted them to help make it prosperous!
The testing of stewardship is often done in unlikely places. God was seeing how the Israelites would steward what He had given them in a place where they were in exile and bondage. If the Israelites showed God that they could obey Him even in slavery, they could be trusted with even greater responsibilities later.
Working hard where we already are determines what we can handle tomorrow. We are secure when we are in Christ—nothing will take that away from us—but that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t give us work to do for His Kingdom! He desires for commitment from His people, who will trust Him and His plan to spread the Good News about Him to the whole world.
Everything we have belongs to God—He’s the one who created it all in the first place! He knows more than we do—He knows the trouble is coming before we even think that something might be wrong. Leverage what you have by continually refreshing and planting seeds of the Good News. Our finances, marriage, parenting, even things like driving and talking to people at work or school should be stewarded so that we can grow in Him and produce fruit so that those around us can hear about Him.
Psalm 92:13 says, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” When we are rooted in the vision God has laid out for us, we will flourish. With a firm foundation, like the roots of a plant, and a heart to steward all that He has given us, God will water us so that we give Him a sustainable production for the Kingdom.
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