Stewardship
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Everything in life is about stewardship


Stewardship

is a careful, responsible and faithful supervision and management  of something entrusted to a person. As much as I like to think that everything I have, who I am and what I am capable of originates with me, the truth is:

  • He made me
  • He gifted me
  • He prospers me
  • He uses me

My good looks, bank rolls and resource

My time, talent and treasure

My smarts, style and pzazz

all come from a generous and loving God. God owns everything. We have all been entrusted with something. It is our responsibility to not only recognize that everything is His, but to also respond to this trust with dedicated and faithful stewardship.

Scripture References

Deuteronomy 8:17-18

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”

1 Peter 4:9

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

1 Corinthians 9:17

“For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with stewardship.”

Ephesians 3:2

“Assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you.”

Ephesians 3:9

“And to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.”

Colossians 1:25

“Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known.”

1 Timothy 1:4

“Nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.”

1 Peter 4:9

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

1 Corinthians 4:2

“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”

You can ignore the idea of faithful stewardship, but you cannot avoid it. From the rising of the sun till the setting of the same, we are all confronted by it.
  • Am I going to steward my time, gifts and good fortune?
  • Am I going to squander it?
  • Am I going to leverage it effectively, employ it faithfully, and harness it strategically?
  • Am I going to misuse it?

7 obstacles to faithful stewardship

In Matthew 25:15-28  we come across the ‘Parable of the Talents.’ From this chapter, allow me to share a few thoughts about what might hinder one from being a faithful steward. Here are my observations:

  • A talent, first of all, was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer.”
  • To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.
  • Each one of these guys had a certain level of potential. Two of the three were functioning at the highest level of their potential. The third, functioned below his potential.

There are several reasons for his poor performance:

Laziness  

Laziness presents itself in the form of procrastination. See Proverbs 6:9

If there is anything that separates the guys with 5 & 2 talents from the guy with 1, here is it: They immediate went to work. “At Once” v. 16.  Procrastination, a lacked a diligent pursuit, and a lack of discipline are toxic signs of laziness.  See Proverbs 19:15

Unfaithfulness 

The master returned with praise and compliments for 5 & 2 talents guys. In verse 21 He called them faithful. Interestingly, He adds that they were faithful over a “little.’ The master does not differentiate between 5, 2, and 1 talents – they are all equal in His eyes. Somebody once said, ” it is not how much you have that matters – it is whose it is.”

Uncleared Perspective

He failed to offer to the master the one thing the brought Him Joy – ‘faithful stewardship.’  “Enter into my joy.”

Lacking a plan and set goals

He didn’t know nor understand what the master’s will, goals and plans were. Instead of finding out, at least by asking his master – he assume to know.

Clarify the win

He didn’t know what the master was trying to accomplish in his life. The master’s desired to entrust him with something more, something bigger

Fear of failure  

The bible says he was afraid, and that led him to dig a whole and put his master’s talent in the ground. Fear always buries your talents and hinders you from reaching your full potential.

Give up easily

He allowed himself to be influenced by a set of misguided circumstances. This led him to a place of indecision and decreased motivation

I hope we can all:

In giving, recognize His gift

Go break to the needy, Sweet Charity’s Bread “For Giving is Living” …the Angel had said. “But must I keep giving again and again?” “Oh no,” said the Angel, chilling me through, “Just give til the Master stops giving to you!” – Author Unknown

Recognize that He is your source.

In gifts, recognize His purpose

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it back to the world.” Pablo Picaso

Recognize that He has a purpose your life.

In purpose, recognize His strength

“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” Jim Elliot

Recognize that your strength comes from Him.

In strength, recognize His glory

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Apostle Paul

Recognize that all of life is for His glory.

In glory, recognize His eternal reward

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew the Apostle

Recognize that your faithfulness will achieve for you an eternal reward.

Prayers to become great stewards/ Prayer with me today!

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Oh Lord, giver of life and source of our freedom, we are reminded that Yours is “the earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.” We know that it is from your hand that we have received all we have and are and will be. Gracious and loving God, we understand that you call us to be the stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us. Help us always to use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives. We pray this with grateful hearts in Jesus’ name. Amen. See Prayer Source here.


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