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With the onset of Fall, this is the time where every one gets back into the routine of things. All of those summer days of a loose schedule with the kids out of school and fun times to be had have come to a close and the reality of life is brought back into view. Fall is the time we get back to the basics.
That is how I feel about this blog. God is re-focusing me and zeroing me in back on my purpose. Stewardship. Thus the name…The Journey of a Steward. The next several weeks we will explore Biblical Principles of Stewardship.
Often in our lives we start to veer off and God gently brings us back and reminds us “this is where I want you…right here!” He is so gracious and merciful in His gentleness.
Here lies the ultimate question. Why do we need Biblical Stewardship?
The answer lies within the parable in Luke 12:31-48.
Luke 12:42-43- “And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
When his lord comes he is doing! This parable is teaching us Biblical principles of stewardship. Jesus is teaching a lesson and calling us to action.
Are you doing? He is coming back. Will you be caught doing His business? Our greatest thought should be accountability to my Master and His work.
2 Peter 3:11-12a- “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God.”
Are we living our lives as Peter says with an attitude of expectancy and urgency, as we long for His return? Here is the catch…”in all holy conversation and godliness”.
In order to get back to the basics, we need to start at the beginning.
- What is a steward? A steward is a free man or slave that is a manger of the resources given to him by another to be multiplied according to the purposes of the owner.
- What are the responsibilities of a steward? A steward is to gain information, make decisions, and apply all diligence to dispersing, increasing, and protecting resources for the betterment of the owner.
Re-read those definitions again.
It is interesting to see that, in no way, is it about the steward. It is about the owner and the betterment of the owner.
The owner has given each of us, His stewards, resources to manage.
What are your resources? We normally think that our money is our sole resource. But that is a huge misconception. God has given us so many resources to manage as a steward.
Here are some examples:
- spiritual gifts and talents
- people in our lives
These are just a few. We could go on for quite some time.
These are all things that God has given us to manage according to His purposes. Let us not forget, that it is not about us, but Him!
Are you being a responsible steward?
Are you using your resources wisely?
He is coming back and will you be found about His business?
We need to live our lives expecting His return.
Live for His return today!