We Are Stewards of God’s Gifts

A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. A steward is someone who takes care of something that has been entrusted to his care.

Many a time we boast of achieving great things in life. We feel secure with the conditions we live in, with the possessions that we have. We feel comfortable with the houses we live in and all the luxuries we enjoy. We feel blessed when we have a loving family, children, friends and co-believers.

God has given us talents and we feel delighted when we get an opportunity to use them both in the spiritual and worldly circles. But have we paused to think that nothing is ours to ‘own’?

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
– Psalm 24:1

God owns everything. He has just granted or lent them to us to accomplish His purpose and plans for us. We have no claim over them. He has made us ‘stewards’ or caretakers in the sense that what He has given us, we have to use them faithfully and diligently, take utmost care of them and share them with others .

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
– 1 Peter 4:10

After the mission is accomplished, we have to relinquish or give them up to His care and also be ready to part with them when He asks them back. Are we being faithful stewards? The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) explains it well.

We are stewards even of our children. The best and richest legacy we can hand down to them is the knowledge of Christ and His grace. The wonderful jobs we have are to be done with the aim of glorifying our Lord and spreading the Gospel in whichever way we can. Each day that He grants us is to be used wisely and to spread the fragrance of Christ. He has given us precious and valuable Time to be used well and not running after worldly, temporary pleasures. Jesus too said:

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
– John 17:12

Even in the circle of believers, we see people boasting in their large mansions, acres of properties, institutions they have established, crusades they have conducted, souls they have won for the Lord, members they have ‘fished’ for the church, sermons they have preached and the mesmerizing effect they had on the masses. Are we too in this list? We forget that we are just stewards.

The Holy Spirit reminds us that there is nothing to boast of save in Christ’s grace and glory. Even if we do anything let it be done in humility and meekness as our Lord did. Remember, WE ARE JUST STEWARDS OF HIS GIFTS.

The Lord expects us to carry out our responsibilities of stewardship faithfully to the very end. Let this be the words that our Lord will tell us:

‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.’
– Matthew 25:21

A Willful Mind is a Willful Giver

Exodus 35:21-22
Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. They came, both men and women, as many as had a willing heart, and brought earrings and nose rings, rings and necklaces, all jewelry of gold, that is, every man who made an offering of gold to the Lord.

God has given each one of us, as members of the church, a special duty to do. We should not think of ourselves less talented than anyone else. We should not compare ourselves with others. We should have that “we-feeling”, a sense of belonging and bring whatever we have to offer—with a WILLING mind. The willing attitude is very necessary. God will be pleased with such sacrifices. Let us give of our time, money, effort, talents, spiritual gifts to the Lord with a willing heart.

2 Corinthians 9:7
“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart,not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.”

No one has to force us into doing something for the church, it should be inspired by the Spirit from within. The church will be strengthened if each member puts in the best that he has even if it is “the two mites” that he has. God looks at the intents of the heart.

We should bring our best into the church in such an abundant manner that the “people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done-indeed too much” according to Exodus36: 6, 7.

Prayer:Dear Heavenly Father,make our hearts generous as You have been so generous to us. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts especially your dear Son. Help us to reciprocate your love and care for us. Help us to give willingly,for you are pleased with such sacrifices.Make us active participants in the building of the church. Amen.

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