Summary: This is the first in a series of stewardship messages focusing on building a life of stewardship. This message investigates themes of ownership, responsibility, and accountability.
2) Moves to Us ¡V God entrusted all that He created to man¡¦s dominion ¡V Gen 1:28 God has given us dominion over His creation ¡V what does that mean ¡V it means that He is still the owner He has just entrusted the care of what is His to us. That is the heart and foundation of stewardship. Here¡¦s the rub though, with dominion comes¡K
„Y Responsibility ¡V We are responsible for managing resources the way God (the owner) would. We are not given dominion to trash, destroy, and exploit. We are given dominion to manage, protect, and cultivate. The earth and its resources are not given to us to abuse but to manage. Is conservation, recycling, and proper development of the land a new concept? No it is the very directive of God when we were charged with stewardship over the earth and it¡¦s creatures. Stewardship goes far beyond what you do with your money ¡V it speaks to the way you live your life and how you interact with the world around you.
„Y Accountability ¡V He has given us as stewards to accomplish His will in the world. Let me put this simply ¡V most of you have a 401K or a retirement plan with your work. What would you think if you found out that when you retired the managers of that money had spent it on lavish trips, gambling, and prostitutes instead of investing it for your future. Isn¡¦t that a bit of what God finds when he looks at our stewardship of His world? Instead of investing ourselves in the future and heart of God we squander our resources on lavish living and things that will never last. Whether it is the world around us or our families and things we have ¡V stewards are expected to hand the owner back what is His and a return on His investment. What return can you show for your stewardship of God¡¦s kingdom?
Here are the take homes for today ¡V on the foundation of Christian Stewardship.
1) What we do with what is entrusted to us is important to God. Luke 12:42-46
¡§Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45But suppose the servant says to himself, ¡¥My master is taking a long time in coming,¡¦ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
2) What we do with what is entrusted to us is important to others. Acts 4:34, - God has given to us to give to others ¡V not to hoard and squander.
34For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales 35and lay them at the apostles¡¦ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.
3) What we do with what is entrusted to us is important to us. Matt 6:19-20