Being a steward is someone who takes care of someone else’s property. God owns everything we just possess it. As Christians we were bought with a price. We are stewards over our body, influence, talents, attitudes, money, possessions, and time.
1 Corinthians 6:19-21 (NLT) 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
God has given us freewill; however, we have to keep in mind that one day we will answer to God as to how we were stewards over what He has allowed us to have. Since we belong to God we are responsible to Him for what we do with what we have, do, say, act, etc. I want to look at a few areas in our lives that God owns but has given us stewardship over.
First, our body: Romans 12:1-12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Our bodies now belong to Him, for His use we are to keep it clean, holy, and healthy. Do we keep our selfish desires of the flesh in check?
Second, our influence: If you claim to be a Christian you must realize by now that people will watch you more close. What do your peers think of you? Does your influence make your peers want to be a Christian because of what they see in you? Does your influence lead them to or away from God?
Third, our attitudes: Do you allow God to control your attitude or do you allow your circumstances dictate your attitude. If you are having a particularly rough day will it reflect in your attitude? How is your attitude toward the people in your life and your own household? Are you focusing on everything that is wrong and negative instead of the good or positive? At some point in our lives we have faced challenges; a loss of a loved one, loss of a job or a home, an illness or sudden injury, those things we have no control over; however, we do have control over our attitudes during trials. Our attitudes should reflect our position as God’s child not our current circumstance or trial. Rejoice at all times, even in the bad.
Fourth, our talents: God has gifted us with certain abilities and talents that we need to use for His glory and edification of others not our egos. Romans 15:2-3 2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. 3 For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.”
We are to be faithful in what we were given and not covet others gifts, talents, abilities or ministries.
Fifth, our money and possessions: In an article I seen it was stated that 29% of all Christians tithe. Wow! What a statement. I can’t help but wonder do these people really even know God. Because it is apparent to me that if you know God then you live your life in total surrender to Him and His will; right? After all, did we not forsake all for the call. We buried the old man and put on the new in Christ. If you want to know where people’s hearts are then follow where their money goes. Then you will find what interests them most.
Material Possessions if we are covetous to give then we are rebellious to God. Take a look at the rich young ruler. He loved his possessions so much that he gave up eternal life with Jesus Christ to hold on to his wealth.
Sixth, our time: How many times have we heard or said, “there’s never enough time in a day” or “where did the day go, time flies.”
Ephesians 5:16 (NLT) 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
What are we spending our time doing? Are we wasting time on things that are eternally unprofitable? Yes, we do have to work, eat and sleep but we should do a schedule check to make sure we are using our time for God and the things of God. We have so little time to do what we are called to do we better stop wasting it.
James 4:14 (NLT) 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
We are living on God’s time. Every day is a gift from God and we will be accountable to Him with what we do with our day. Once the day is gone the time is lost and we can never regain that time again. As I was doing this study it was touching upon the youth we are charged with raising and teaching. When we take our kids to church what are we looking for in a youth group; classes, groups, or activities? So, I did some searching and checking back into the recesses of my time as a youth and here is what I came up with. Back in the day we spent time with other youth groups doing sword drills and listening to God’s Word. Today we are so busy in our churches that just like the adults if we can woo them in with all the glitz and glamour of what we have to offer then it is the same for the kids and the parents will want their kids there as well. It is just time to stop worrying about hurting feelings and speak the truth. We are filling our kids with so many activities that we leave them very little time for God’s house and when we do finally take some time to get them there for 1 hour a week we fill that time with religious activities. We are losing our kids here and growing a generation of emptiness when it comes to the word of God. After all, if we teach them about purity and modesty they won’t want to come back, so let’s go do some scavenger hunts, go to Kings Island, or whatever it may be. We better wake up!!
Finally, the gospel. Romans 10:13-15 (NLT) 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
You have a responsibility in spreading the gospel whether it be on a foreign mission field, a hometown mission field, at your work place, or in your neighborhood you have a responsibility. Either you are called to go or called to send. I’m not talking about short term missions here I’m talking about the missionary that gives all to go live in an area and build relationships with the people and teach them the things of God and give them the gospel.
Do you accept the charge?
We must remember our bodies belong to God, our influence and attitude should be Christ reflective. Our talents are a gift from God for His use and glory, our money and possession all belong to him not just the 10% we need to spend it the way He instructs us. Our short time on this earth we are commanded of God to spread the Gospel not waste the day.