MONDAY, JUNE 20
Scripture: Luke 16:1
Luke 16:1 says, “For a bishop must be blameless as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.” ‘Wasting’ is the Greek word dia-skor-pid-zo. Dia-skor-pid-zo means to scatter at personal whim and to spend like a drunken sailor. It is the issue of doing what one desires with someone else’s money. Dia-skor-pid-zo describes what the government does when it taxes and spends way more than it collects. The greatest unfaithful steward of all time has been the federal government. The steward in the Bible failed the number one test – he refused to be faithful and he refused to be true. Therefore, he lost his position. Walking with God is about character and if we are going to maintain our position, we have to develop the character that goes with the call. We cannot finish the call without corresponding character.