Time to Go Home
Life and Legacy Week 2
Pastor Kris Freeman
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:8 (NLT)
8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
This scripture verse has been used in a number of different ways.
1. To set the foundation for leadership
2. To require of church elders and pastors
3. To establish a foundation for setting a budget
The bottom line – our first responsibility is to make sure we take care of our home and those who are a part of it.
What are some ways we can take care of our home?
- Be disciplined in our examples
- Be authentic in our relationships
- Be stewards in our finances
Stewardship is a word that is very rarely used outside of Biblical cultures.
What does it mean to be a good steward?
- Our perception – take care of money – that’s what most people think first!
- Dictionary – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
- Root – in the Middle Ages, it referred to a positional leader or servant assigned to the management of a large household and group of people. In today’s modern sense, we might call this a broker or an agent.
In a sense, parenting is a role of good stewardship. Marriage requires good stewardship. Business calls for good stewardship.
Did you ever have a curfew?
Even until the time I was an adult living in my parents’ home, I was given freedom to make my own decisions, pay my own bills, but I had a responsibility to be home on time. This was a curfew.
What did this do for my life?
- It provided parameters for my freedom.
- It provided trust in my decision-making abilities.
- It provided discipline to frame my choices.
- It provided opportunities for me to learn how to manage myself.
Could a parent truly stop a child who wishes to break curfew? No! But they could suffer the consequences for their actions.
When it comes to the leadership of our home, stewardship is our curfew. It’s our “time to come home” – it’s the return back to the things that matter.
Remember, if our pasts matters to us, so should our future.
Small steps to develop a life and legacy principle of stewardship in your home:
1. Find direction and cast a vision for your family. (True North)
2. Shift our paradigm about debt and responsibility.
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7)
3. Be intense about your journey.
The Hedgehog Principle
Gazelle Intensity (Dave Ramsey)
– Quit borrowing money
– Pick up a second job
– Get rid of things you don’t need (sell)
4. Get the spiritual things in order.
– Read the Bible every day in your home (we are doing this as a church!)
– Pray (individually and together)
– Commit to a local church
– Find the mission for your life and your family (Serve)
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12)