To her, this child in the manger was the undeserved gift that meant everything – more than material possessions, more than comfort, more than security. And at that moment, something inside of me wanted desperately to know this Jesus – because, in a sense, I saw Him in Perfecta and her granddaughters. (Lee Strobel)
Stewardship is more than the management of things, it is the refusal to let things manage us. (James A. Lollis)
Jesus as Rival = An attitude which perceives Christ as Taker versus Giver – One who disturbs our time, demands our talent, and decreases our treasure.
“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because the wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away…and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. (Jonah 1:2-3)
“So the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” (Jonah 2:10)
“The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Jesus “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8)