Home Chapel Content - April 2016

Good Stewardship

Text: Matt.25:14 - 30

 

Memory Verse: 1Cor.4:2 (NKJV)  Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful’.

 

Introduction: Are you a good stewards? This is a good question to ask yourself. The Bible says that someone who is faithful with a little thing will be faithful with much (Luke 16:9-11). So, if we are honest and do the right thing when no one is looking, we will be able to be trusted when people are looking. Stewards are mentioned in the Bible quite a whole lot. The central message about being a good steward is that God has entrusted us with things down here on earth and it is our responsibility to do something good with them.

 

Four Fundamental Principles of Stewardship

  1. The principle of ownership 
    • Psalm 24:1The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
    • God is the owner of everything, our lives included. This fact is a fundamental principle of biblical stewardship.
    • God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
    • Adam - 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
  1. The principle of responsibility

 

  • 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
  • God presents us with the call to stewardship in 1:28 - often referred to as “the cultural mandate”.
  • As God’s stewards we manage that which belongs to God.
  • While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes. This is where the issue is!
  1. The principle of accountability

 

  • 1 Cor.4:1-2 (our memory verse) – As stewards, we will one day give an account of our stewardship to him.
  • Stewards manage another’s possessions.
  • We are all stewards of the resources, abilities & opportunities that God has entrusted to our care.
  • One day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what God has given us e.g. Parable of the Talents.
  • We will give an account of how we have administered our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.

 

  1. The principle of reward
  • 3:23-24Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’
  • Faithful stewards who do the master’s will with his resources can expect to be rewarded incompletely in this life, but fully in the next.
  • Be faithful stewards of all God has given you within the opportunities presented through his providence to glorify him, serve the common good and further his Kingdom.

 

How can I be a Good Steward?

  1. We need a realisation that God owns it all
    • It is easy to forget that God created the world we live in and us as well.
    • He created the air we breathe, the sun that warms the earth, and plants and animals for food. He is the one who gave us our brains to think, he placed different gifts and skills in each one of us and gave us each unique personalities.
    • We are solely dependent on him and can only accomplish all things through him.
    • We are merely temporary possessors (or stewards) of things that He owns as we understand that, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” (Psalm 24:1).
    • Truth of the matter is that we are born with nothing and we take nothing with us when we leave. Our possessions gets passed on to someone else.
    • However, the amazing thing is that we have the opportunity to “store up for ourselves treasures in heaven” by being generous with some of those items that we temporarily possess down here.

 

  1. Stewards can only serve one master
  • “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”6:24
    • Our decisions about money reflect who we are serving.
    • At the most stingy and greedy moments of our lives, it is painfully evident who our master is. Though we tend to convince ourselves that we are serving God, however our decisions were made on their financial impact rather than on our faith in God. An area for us all to develop!
  • God knows our weaknesses and our strengths. He knows what we are capable of and while we earnestly want to please Him, we should be thankful for his forgiveness when we mess up.
    1. Use resources wisely
      • As stewards we have a responsibility to use what we have been given wisely.
      • Similar to the parable of the talents, it is up to us how we use what we have been given. We can choose to bury it like the “lazy” steward or we can make more from what we have been given like the “good” stewards.
      • As far as managing our finances go, there is a tricky balance between not being wasteful (see John 6:12) and not living with a poverty mindset. It is easy to fall towards one of the extremes, and it is challenging to walk in the balance. That balance is what we should be seeking in the practical areas of being stewards of our finances.
  • The great thing is that as we prove ourselves faithful in small things we will be given more and bigger things to be stewards over.

The Reward of Good Stewards

Matt.25:21 - ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

  • You will get a ‘well done’ at the end of life’s journey.
  • You will be rewarded for your faithfulness in the age to come.

 

Conclusion

Discuss what lessons you have learned about being a good steward.

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