February 8, 2011
Stewardship is about taking care of God’s business. In Matthew chapter 16 Jesus told His disciples that he was going to be killed, to suffer and be the payment for the sins of all mankind. Peter actually rejected that idea. Reacting to Peter, Christ rebuked him stating that Peter was not setting his interest on God’s interests.
God has a vision. God has a plan for what He wants to accomplish. In many cases we like Peter do not have God’s vision or purpose in mind.
In John chapter 9 verse 4 Jesus tell us that we must work the works of Him who sent us as long as it is day. Night is coming when no man can work. So realizing we have a limited amount of time and a huge task before us, we must marshal our resources to make them available for what Christ is trying to accomplish in and through our lives here on earth.
Well, what is God’s business? Really, God is in the people business. Obviously the most valuable possession God has is Christ. He has traded His most valuable possession for you and me and all mankind down through the ages. So we can see that the reaching of the world for Christ and the reconciliation of the world to God is really God’s business. That’s what God is all about.
He’s actually taken it one step further. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all the nations. To baptize them and teach them to practice all the things He has taught us. He promised that He would always be with us, would empower us and provide all the resources we need to do that. Think of stewardship as not merely coming up with a budget or giving, but understanding what God wants to accomplish through your life and marshaling your resources in order to accomplish it.
February 4, 2011
I am asked a lot of questions about finances and many of the questions involve stewardship. Most people think about budgeting and giving when they hear the word stewardship. In scripture stewardship is a much broader subject. The word stewardship is from a compound Greek word. The first syllable is house and the second is law. So you put those two together and you get a guy who is a ruler of a household. He has some responsibilities but it’s not his household. Typically he was appointed by the patriarch of the family to manage his affairs. When you consider stewardship this way, you realize that you are a steward of the Lord. All the stuff we have is really God’s and we are merely the ones administering that stewardship. We forget it’s not our stuff. We hold on to it and grasp it, but we have no right to do that. We manage our resources for the Lord’s purposes.
There are many examples of stewards in the Bible. Probably one you haven’t considered is the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a steward of God’s mysteries. When He was twelve years old as recorded in Luke chapter two, He spent some time in the temple. His parents did not know where He was. When they finally found Him after three days in the temple, He asked them, “Didn’t you know I had to be about my Father’s business?” Like Christ being about our Father’s business should be our highest priority!
In a broader sense there are many things about stewardship that we don’t normally consider. I want you to be thinking about how you can take dominion of your life and accomplish what God lays on your heart. This idea of dominion has been around a long time. Even from Genesis chapter one, God told Adam and Eve that they should go and multiply, subdue the earth and have dominion over it. God wants you to take dominion over your life and rule over it, so that all that you have would be available to Him to use as He directs you. So my question to you is, “What resources do you have and what does God want you to accomplish with those resources?” So, that takes it out of the realm of generic budgeting or giving. It puts stewardship in the light of finding out specifically about what God wants you to accomplish through your life. Stewardship is about making your financial resources available for God’s special purpose.