Heart Talk – MARCH . . . as we enter into a new financial year …
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Meeting people and having a personal talk is always exiting and encouraging. By the grace of God, last month I could visit a few students, graduates and staff personally in Delhi, AP &Telangana. I praise God for their lives, their love for the Lord their obedience to the word of God, and their involvement in witnessing among the students as a community.
MARCH is a month where we look back at how we marched in the past 12 months and look forward how we will march into the new financial year. It’s a month of closing accounts, evaluating our performances, reconciliations, writing new projects and proposals for future etc.It’s a month where businessmen/Government look forward to upload/highlight their achievements in terms of profit & loss, performance & achievement.
As children of God our mandate is to share the good news of Lord Jesus Christ by denying ourselves, taking up the cross daily and following him. How do we evaluate ourselves for the mission mandate during this financial year? Whether we could do all we wanted to do for the Master? In Luke 16 Jesus narrated a story to His disciples about a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called his manager and asked him, `What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
The master found out that the manager used unworthy means and practices in his management. Infact the master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. Jesus concluded:
Whoever is honest with very little, will be appreciated and trusted for much.
Dishonesty is punishable.
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. One cannot serve both God and money.”
One of the core values of UESI is financial integrity: UESI shall maintain high standards of accountability to God in relation to the spending and integrity in accounting all its receipts and payments. Members too, as students, graduates and staff to pursue high sense of stewardship (in earning, spending and giving) in relation to all resources.
Let us take a stock (self-appraisal) of our own life, how do we take care of the resources (time talent and treasure) that God has entrusted us with?
Paul says (Col 1:25-28) “I have become a servant by the commission God gave to
- Present the word of God in its fullness which was hidden for generations but now disclosed to the saints
- Proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that to present everyone perfect in Christ, the hope of glory
- To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me”. Col. 1:29
May the Lord help us as we use our energy to
- reach out the student community of this country with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ using our time, talents & treasures,
- be salt and light in order to present everyone perfect in Christ who is the hope of glory,
- involve in sacrificial living as John Wesley says “Earn as much you can, save as much you can and give as much as you can”
UESI General Secretary