What do I have? Resources

Sunday Service

  • 23 April 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • What do I have?
  • Resources

The Bible challenges us to look at our income through the lenses of:

  • Contentment
  • Stewardship
  • Giving

What resources do I/you have?

  • Treasure (Income)
  • Talent (Abilities)
  • Time (on Earth)

Matthew 20:16

  • Some are last who will be first.
  • Some are first who will be last

Biblical Principles of Time

  • So what?
  • Relating Faith to Life & Life to Faith
What do I have?


What does this mean for me?
25 Bible Verses about the principals of time What will I change and how am I going to do that?
What does the Bible Say?

1.       So, then be careful how you live.  Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil.  Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Eph. 5:15-17)

2.       Behave wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of your time.  (Colossians 4:5)

·         Watcher fewer Facebook and YouTube video clips.

·         Prioritise conversation over meme-watching.


Seek wisdom from the Lord

3.       Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

4.       If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be give him.  James 1:5

More prayer and meditation.


Live with Eternity in Mind.

5.       So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18

6.       Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.  He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

7.       So, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight, and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.  Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.  2 Corinthians 5:6-10

What to spend time on:

·         Character development.

·         Caring for my kids.


Keep in mind that you are never guaranteed tomorrow.

8.       Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1

9.       Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money.  You do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:13-14

I don’t want to die, but I am READY:

·         Temporary citizen of NZ.

·         Permanent resident of Heaven.

Don’t Procrastinate!  Make plans for the future.

10.   For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28

11.   The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Provers 31:5

12.   Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labour hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.  Prov. 6:6-8

This year:

·         Alpha course leader;

·         Purity (men’s course) leader.


Next year:

·         Tane’s wedding;

·         Hamish’s first year at uni.


Allow the Lord to Guide your life through the Spirit.

13.   A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Prov. 16:9

14.   But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  For he will not speak on this own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come.  John 16:13

Be prepared to have my day interrupted by Divine Appointments.  And make myself available to respond to these.  “Always be prepared to give a reasoned account for the hope within you.”
Make Time for God Every Day

15.   But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me.  Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice. Psalm 55:16-17.

Completed: 40 days of Lent

Pickup: a new Bible reading plan.


16.   What you’re doing is not good, Moses’ father-in-law said to him.  Exodus 18:17-21

17.   But seek, ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matt 6:33

This year:

·         Lead one person to the Lord.

·         Pray the sinner’s prayer with one person.

Put your trust in the Lord

18.   But I trust in you, LORD. I say, “You are my God.  My times are in your hands.  Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:14-15

19.   Commit your ways to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.  Psalm 37:5

Do one thing outside my comfort zone:

·         First, find my comfort zone.

·         Then, exceed it.


We must have a good work ethic

20.   IN all hard work, there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty. Prover 14:23

21.   Do not love sleep or you’ll become poor, keep your eyes open and you’ll have plenty of food. Prov. 20:12

22.   How long will you lie there, you sluggard: When will you get up from your sleep?  Prov. 6:9

23.   Lazy hands make for poverty.  But diligent hands bring wealth. Prov. 10:4

Achieve one “Being Your Best” award this year at Spark.

24.   There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted. Eccl 3:1-2

25.   Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Tim 6:12

Relax: it is the Lord’s job to save, not mine.  It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of sin, not mine.  It is my job to inform those who are seeking, of the path to Life.



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