Another week, more resources for you. This past Sunday, Justin taught on the discipline of stewarding your time and your money. I say “your” lightly. It’s not “yours,” it’s all God’s.
Jonathan Edwards preached a wonderful sermon on the preciousness of time and our use of it. Unfortunately, there was no audio or video recording of this, as Edwards preached the sermon in 1734. However, we can be thankful for the art of written sermons. Here’s the quote from Edwards that was in this week’s sermon to whet your appetite:
Eternity depends on the improvement of time. But when once the time of life is gone, when once death is come, we have no more to do with time; there is no possibility of obtaining the restoration of it, or another space in which to prepare for eternity. If a man should lose the whole of his worldly substance, and become a bankrupt, it is possible that his loss may be made up. He may have another estate as good. But when the time of life is gone, it is impossible that we should ever obtain another such time. All opportunity of obtaining eternal welfare is utterly and everlastingly gone.
You can find the entire sermon here.
2. Tim Challies wrote a wonderful book on productivity called Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity. In it, he defines productivity as “effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.” We’re currently studying this book in MD|men, and if you would like to learn how to steward your time in an effective way, I highly recommend picking up a copy. It’s a short read too, so there’s that.
3. Head on over to Crown to check out tons of free and paid material on taming your finances and career. According to Crown’s vision, they “Aspire to be the most effective organization in the world at training God’s followers to be good and faithful stewards.” So set aside some time and browse their site (click on the resources dropdown) for some good content.
4. This list wouldn’t be complete without a personal recommendation from yours truly. Perhaps the best (and briefest) book I’ve read on stewarding money comes in the form of Money: God or Gift by Jamie Munson (a former pastor at Mars Hill Church RIP). This book will guide you through both the theology and practicality of what stewarding your money means. All in about 150 pages of easy reading.