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Issue 8: July 2019

Entrusted Gifts, Wholehearted Work

As I begin my twenty-fourth year of service here in July, I’m more mindful than ever of the blessings God has placed upon Central Christian College of the Bible. Our work over the past two years has been driven by a process that resulted in a 2018-2023 Institutional Plan. You can read more about some of the priorities that have been agreed upon and are being implemented. This issue of theTORCH focuses on some of the exciting initiatives to help us accomplish our mission and vision.

The act of creating and implementing an institutional plan expresses at least two biblical truths we must never forget. They are true of individual lives, local congregations, and any institution serving the Lord’s kingdom. They are true of me and they are also true of you.

The first truth is that God has provided entrusted gifts. Jesus says in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected.” We often choose to focus on what we have not been given and ignore the gifts that have been entrusted to us. Whether the gifts are financial or facilities, people or programs, relationships or remembrances, God has trusted us enough to make us caretakers of those gifts. And He is expecting “much” and “more” to come from them.

If God has provided entrusted gifts and He expects much more to result from those gifts, then the next truth follows closely: God rewards wholehearted work. Paul writes in Colossians 3:22-23, “Work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.” The easiest way to interpret that passage is that we want our work to please the Lord, not people. And it is true that God is the ultimate judge and His approval matters most.

But if you consider those words further, it is also clear that the Lord rewards our heartfelt work. We have a healthy fear of God because we know His power is greater than we can imagine. So when we work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord, we trust His power will work beyond our limited capacity. He will help us accomplish the very “more” that He is expecting. The reward for our wholehearted work, in response to His entrusted gifts, is that God empowers the much He requires.

Where does that leave you and me? Each of us has been entrusted with gifts, which God expects to turn into more. We use those gifts, in awe of His great power, and He turns our heartfelt effort into His preferred outcome. As you read about our efforts to build upon God’s entrusted gifts with our heartfelt work, consider how God might want you to do the same in your life. You may find that the “much more” He expects from you can become reality in ways that you never would have imagined.

Dr. David Fincher (‘93)


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