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Shortly before Dallas Willard died from cancer in 2013, Pastor John Ortberg asked him, “Do you regret anything?” Willard answered, “I regret the time I have wasted.” A stunned Ortberg wrote:
 
If there is any human being on the planet who has not wasted time, it is Dallas Willard. I don't think he’d know what a television was if it hit him on the head. He is either reading or teaching or doing ministry. Or doing bits of carpentry around [his house], or mentoring students, or praying.
 
Obviously Ortberg was shocked by Willard’s answer, but he explained what he thinks that discipleship legend meant by that one regret:
 
“Redeem the time,” the apostle Paul wrote, “because the days are evil.” I think Dallas regretted all the time he wasted, not because he compared himself to other more efficient people, but because he began to see what life could be…
 
Frankly, while I could echo Dallas Willard’s regret, I could just as easily answer Ortberg’s question by saying, “I regret all the money I have wasted.”
 
I’ve not always viewed money from God’s perspective, and I’m poorer as a result…but not “poorer” as in less money. I’m poorer because I didn’t realize the valuable tool that money can be in God’s hand. There are lessons I never learned, people I never blessed, and spiritual growth I never experienced because I spent God’s money on “other things.”
 
Today I’m wrapping up my “Step Up” sermon series on stewardship by focusing on taking a “Step Up” in Spiritual Growth. Simply stated, stewardship is discipleship. And to neglect stewardship is to neglect discipleship. I pray that we can come to have no regrets when it comes to money because we’ve completely surrendered our possessions to God and are living in a state of perpetually faithful stewardship. Join me in praying toward that end!
 
Thank you for being here today. I hope you know God loves you, and so do I! 

 

 


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