God’s Stewards

by Allen Webster

God is counting on us.  He has entrusted His children with His valuables because He believes that we can conduct His business successfully.  He respects our abilities and trusts our judgment.  What a privilege!  But one might ask, “Over what has God made us stewards?”

Our Minds. The commercial had it right, “A mind IS a terrible thing to waste.”  But most waste their mental energies on useless pursuits, and leave the Bible out of their curriculum (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).  Far too many fill their minds with sensual trash, rather than saving treasure (Romans 1:16).  “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Our Abilities. All of God’s children are gifted (Romans 12:4-8).  He has given us different talents to be used complementarily for the good of all (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).  He expects us to do our part to build up His kingdom (John 9:4).  One day we will be asked if we used them selfishly or sacrificially.

Our Opportunities. Each day God presents us with twenty-four hours in which to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 5:16).  He provides opportunities to draw closer to Him and learn more of His will for us (1 Peter 2:2).  He sends needy people our way, so that we might help them (Luke 10:30-37).  He surrounds us with lost souls, so that we might save them (Mark 16:15-16).  He gives us husbands or wives to love and children to train (Ephesians 5:23–6:4).  He gives us friends to invite to worship and neighbors to influence for good.  He expects us to watch for these opportunities because they are often irretrievable (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Our Health. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  Our bodies do not belong to us, so we must be careful to protect them.

Our Wealth. God loans us enough money to take care of our responsibilities (1 Timothy 5:8), support the work of the church (1 Corinthians 6:1-2), and help the needy (Ephesians 4:28).  We should count Him as a Joint Partner in our bank accounts.  Would this not revolutionize our attitudes?  When we get paychecks, God gets His deserved part first and not the “leftovers.”  He has given us houses in which to entertain the downtrodden (Luke 14:10-14) and fellowship with our brethren (Acts 2:42).  He gave us cars to pick up visitors to services and run missions of mercy (Luke 10:34).  He has given us food to share with the hungry, clothes to give to the needy, and warmth to give the cold and lonely (1 John 3:16-17).

Our Bibles. “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1).  No time in history has enjoyed such free access to the Scriptures, and yet few generations have been so indifferent to it.  We dare not wrest the Scriptures to our own destruction (2 Peter 3:16-17), rationalize so we do not have to obey it (Mark 7:9-12), make it void with our traditions (Mark 7:13), ignore it (Hebrews 2:1), or destroy it (Jeremiah 36:23).  People with dusty Bibles are poor stewards.

Our Congregations. While elders are primarily God’s stewards of the local flock (Hebrews 13:7, 17), all Christians are “brother’s keepers” (James 5:19-20).  Is the preaching I am supporting sound and truthful?  Am I doing my part to see the church grow and the gospel spread?  Am I an encourager to my brethren?  If every member were like me, would this church be what it should?  Each has equal responsibility toward the local church (according to ability), and each will give an account according to how he has dealt with his stewardship (Luke 19:11-27).

God is counting on us!  Let’s not let Him down!  “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

–From, The Tiplersville Teacher, 20Nov91