In a world that is defined by MY RIGHTS, MY POSSESSIONS, MY LIFE,
Our Christian faith is a breath of fresh air, – we understand that our lives are about something bigger than us.
We have been blessed with rights, possessions, a life to live but there is a purpose beyond it all.
The Bible constantly points us in the direction of God’s design for our lives.
One of the great Bible truths is the revelation that we are stewards of our possessions our gifts and talents.
Psalm 89:11 reminds us that all belongs to God.
“The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it”
In Romans 14:12 we are reminded that even our very lives belong to God
“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God”.
In the TV series Downton Abbey the character Robert who was lord of the Estate once made the statement “ I feel I’m a steward of all this” as he looked out on all the land he owned
If we don’t understand the basic concept of stewardship we won’t understand how our lives are designed by God to bring blessing into the world around us through our stewardship
Webster dictionary defines stewardship –
“the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”
Giving is a responsibility within our role as stewards. But more than that, it’s an opportunity.
2 Corinthians 8:7. Paul is talking about giving. He says, “Just as you excel in everything else, in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in your love for us, see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
God wants us to grow in giving, as much as you grow in faith, in love, in knowledge.
One of my top reasons for living a life of giving is because it allows me to enlarge my expectation of the future.
Giving is expressing gratitude for the past, and demonstrating trust in God for my present circumstances.
It is a demonstration of faith in the future. An expectations of what God wants to do in the future. Giving is making an investment in the future
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10