Alex and I thought we would try out Aldi Food Market together in hopes to save some money on our weekly grocery shopping trip. Let me tell you, I was very apprehensive about doing my grocery shopping here. I’ve heard that you can find big savings, but was always a little nervous on the quality of the food. After seeing recently about Aldi’s step up on their organic game, I finally gave in. I was amazed at the gluten free products and the wide-variety they had. I was also in awe of their remarkable prices. 29 cents for a bunch of bananas. Under $1 for a bag of onions. A little over a dollar for a pint of blueberries. Gluten free pasta…$1.25.
All of this got me thinking….How are we to be good stewards? How am I to use what God has graciously given me to bring Him glory?
The bible says a lot about being a good steward. Being a good steward calls us to be responsible in our time, energy, and money.
Time? What do we do with our time? I am guilty of this. How I crave to seek God’s word every morning, but in my sinful nature, I instantly check my email and social media. I don’t like doing this. I pray over it and try to fight with self-control through the Holy Spirit. Do we spend more time on Facebook or texting than with the person/people right in front of us? God gives us relationships IN PERSON to cultivate and be a light. I challenge you (and me) to put away our phones when we’re grabbing coffee or dinner with a friend, spouse, child, etc. Do we spend more time binge watching Netflix instead of soaking in the truth of Jesus Christ found in his word? I’m not saying Netflix is bad (trust me, I love my Netflix), but is it taking away from studying God more closer?
Energy. What are we doing in our waking hours? Are we spending it trying to build up our own kingdom, instead of God’s? Are we trying to do good works to look good to someone rather than to bring God glory?
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23
Money. God calls us to be responsible with our money. We should be wise in our spending, our giving, our saving. When reflecting on how much we usually spend at other grocery stores, it seems rather foolish to not shop at Aldi from now on. God has given us a store that sees the importance of eating healthy and being wise in our spending so that we can use our money in other ways to bring Him glory.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. Luke 16:10