Summary: This is the second in a series of sermons looking at a Stewards view of life.
A Stewards View of Success
Strike Three! Charlie Brown standing at the plate struck out again. As he walks to the dugout ¡V he says to Lucy ¡V I¡¦ll never be a big league player. I just don¡¦t have it. All my life I¡¦ve dreamed of playing in the big leagues, but I know I¡¦ll never make it. Lucy trying to be helpful says Charlie Brown, your thinking too far ahead. What you need to do is set yourself more immediate goals. Start with this next inning when you go out to the mound to pitch. See if you can walk out to the mound without falling down.¡¨ Success is truly defined in many different ways.
Some people define success by the health and welfare of their families.
Some by financial stability and affluence.
More and more we define success by the modern day slogan ¡§He who dies with the most toys wins!¡¨ But the scriptures tell us a different story. We started looking at life stewardship last week from this text - today I want to look at a stewards view of success. What is it that makes us really successful as stewards of God¡¦s creation.
Scripturally Success is defined as
1) Few Things Faithful ¡V Remember the heart of this parable. Three slaves ¡V two stewards. What does Jesus commend these men for first. You have been faithful over a few things. First isn¡¦t it funny that Jesus would consider 75x your annual salary a small thing but really it is. Vast sums are nothing to Him. He owns it all. These men had been given management responsibility over their masters property. There is an expectation that they will be faithful to do with it what he would have done with it. To manage his affairs in a way that is consistent with his wishes. These first two men were few things faithful. Let me give you three clues to being few things faithful.
ƒß Be content with what you have ¡V in our culture we have an insatiable hunger for more. Prosperity has made paupers of us all. No matter what we have it¡¦s never enough. There is always something bigger, better, or nicer than what we currently have. Let me give you a hint folks ¡V the poorest of our people (all save the smallest fraction of a percent) are rich compared to world standards. While the world is struggling to survive we are struggling to pay cable tv bills, and car payments. Paul said I have learned the secret of being content ¡V what was it ¡V he understood that joy and success had nothing to do with posessions. I had everything to do with God.
ƒß Use what you are given for God¡V wicked slave is criticized for what? Doing nothing. He squandered his opportunity. He wasted his gift. He left his gift unopened and returned it to the giver. Not even the interest that the bank would have given. He did nothing. Folks success is in trying not accomplishing.
ƒß Become what God called you to be ¡V ¡§Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.¡¨ God called me to be a Pastor ¡V I am trained to be a pharmacist. If I became the most successful pharmacist in the world. If I became an innovator of new methods and new possibilities. I would still be a failure. Share other examples ¡V if God calls you to be one thing and you are another you will never be a success.