ARE A STEWARD
Luke 12:41-48, 16:1-12
it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful Ė I Cor. 4:2.
In this study we shall look at the truth that we who had confessed Jesus as our
Lord and Saviour are stewards of various areas of assignment.
After purchasing us by his blood, He then chose us to be workers or
servants in His great house i.e. the church in the world.
We are meant to occupy for Him till He comes (Lk.19:13).
There is nothing we have including our lives that is primarily ours.
They are all from God, given to us so that you and I should trade with
and profit there in. If God will
open His doors of blessing to us continually, we then have the obligation of
managing God Ė given resources properly with the understanding of the fact
that we are only stewards.
WHO IS A STEWARD:
In order to know what to do and the areas of our assignment, we must
understand who a steward is. Let us
check the Bible to discover examples of stewards.
Gen. 15:2; 24:1-4; 32-49; 39:1-6. All
through the scriptures we have several examples of individuals that were
stewards in other peoplesí houses. Christians
are Godís stewards, appointed by Him to look after His interests in the world.
This applies to their responsibilities in looking after the material
things God has given them, and to their responsibilities in preaching the gospel
and caring for Godís people. They
are answerable to God for the way they carry out these responsibilities (Gen.
1:228-30; I Cor. 4:1-5; Col. 1:25; I Peter 4:10).
A steward is that Christian who allows him/herself to be so used of God
or responsible to God in faithfully managing what God has put into his or her
care. In the light of the above
definition, are you a steward? If
you are one, what type of a steward are you?
AREAS OF STEWARDSHIP:
If you realize yourself to be a steward, you then need to know the areas
of your stewardship. The following
are some of the areas we will like to consider in this study:
Gifts: Matthew 25:14-30;
I Cor. 12:1-11. You are solely
responsible for the use of talents and gifts God has given you or that He will
give you. Your faithful use and
profit has a reward otherwise a punishment.
Resources: Rom. 12:13; 15:25-27; Gal. 6:7-10; Acts 11:27-30; Matt.
6:19-21. Here we see people obeying
the Lordís command as they were admonished to do.
See what Jesus says will happen at the end of the age Matt. 25:31-46.
Eccl. 3:1-9; John 9:4; 11:7-10; 2 Cor. 6:2.
We are equally accountable to God in terms of time.
He has given us the time of our lives for a definite; purpose of using it
to Godís glory. What you refuse
to do today may be too late for tomorrow.
Matt. 6:25-34. You are a steward of
even your life. You cannot live any
way you like. Remember that you are bought for a purpose and with a price (I Cor.
EXPECTATIONS FROM STEWARDS:
I Cor. 4:2; Gen. 39:7-9; 47:13-14.
expectation of any Master from any steward is that they be found faithful.
In the same way, Godís expectation from every Christian steward, which
we are, is that we be found faithful in every aspect of stewardship.
Whatsoever He has committed into your hand is meant for you to trade with
and profit with. Remember the story
of the unjust steward in Matt. 25:14-30. Every
gift, talent, money, resource, even your life is given to you by God so that you
may use it faithfully. Joseph was
faithful both to Potiphar and even to Pharaoh.
As long as he was in the office the kingís account did not suffer any
damage or loss. Remember Moses, the
Bible says he was faithful in all his house (Heb. F3:5).
What about Samuel even at old age he faithfully challenged Israel and
nobody had anything against him (I Sam. 12:1-5).
Here we need to ask ourselves, ďHow faithful are we to whatever God has
committed to our hands?Ē You must
adjust and repent today.
REWARDS FOR FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP:
Luke 12:41-44. There are
always rewards for faithful service and stewardship.
Rewards are earned and they are according to the works and faithfulness
of the believer Matt. 16:27. According
to 1 Cor. 3:8-15, we are labourers with God and God will reward our labour.
We may either receive reward or suffer loss but the latter is not the
will of God for us. There are
crowns awaiting faithful stewardship. These
include: crown of life (Jam. 1:12), the crown of rejoicing (1 Thess. 2:19-20),
the crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:5-8), the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:2-4),
etc. Remember that God will not owe
anybody for He is not unrighteous (Heb. 6:10).
If you serve Him and His course on earth, He will faithfully reward you.
Behold, you must not only know that you are a steward but you must be
rewarded. To do this you need to
deny yourself, set your eyes on Jesus, be strengthened in the Lord, live a life
of sacrifice and refuse anything that would impede spiritual progress (Heb.
11:24-29). God bless you.
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