Summary: Here are some more thoughts on the subject of stewardship.
THE FAITHFUL STEWARD
INTRODUCTION: Here are some more thoughts on the subject of stewardship. Consider some words. “Epitropos” = manager, foreman. “Oikonomos” = “oiko” = house. “Nomos” = law. The law or management of household affairs. The faithful steward is:
A. The Task Before Him: Lk. 12:47-48. What is the task? See Gen. 1:26-28; Ps. 8:6-8. Note the word “rule” = not ultimate authority but a manager of his property. What are we to rule?
1. Environment: Ecology
2. Earth: Earthly creatures (Gen. 1:26)
3. Economy: Money management.
B. The Threat Around Him: What is the threat? Covetousness. It blinds us to reality, eternity and priorities. Study Joshua 7 (Achan); II Sam. 11 (David); Mark 10 (Young ruler); Matt. 26 (Judas); Acts 4-5 (Annanais & Sapphira). Unbelief is the only sin that receives more warning than covetousness. See Luke 12:15; Matt. 16:26; I John 2:15; Matt. 6:33; Heb. 13:5.
C. The Test That Awaits Him: See I Cor. 3:10-15. Two questions await us.
1. How did you manage?
2. What materials did you use?
Today we have the opportunity to invest in God’s kingdom. Why invest your all in a place you’re only visiting? Why not invest it in the place where you will spend eternity? Matt. 6:19-24. Our destiny is the destiny of our master.
Be generous in God’s kingdom. Generosity is the most talked about virtue in the Bible. Faith = 246. Hope = 185. Love = 733. Giving = 2,285! Why should we be opportunistic in our giving? Because of our:
A. Redemption by God: Giving reminds us of God giving His son. Ex. 13:11-15; Deut. 26:9-11. If you want to be like God then learn to give. I Chron. 29:14.
Check out Mal. 3: 7-10. Malachai calls for repentance. He starts with their most visible sin – money. They were robbing God. See v.9. “Curse”. God will not financially bless a thief. See Matt. 6:21. Money is like a magnet. Where we put it – it tends to pull our heart.
B. Reverence for God: Deut. 14:23. Lev. 27:30,32. Deut. 12:10-11; Gen. 14:17,20; Gen. 28:20-22; I Tim. 6:17-19. There’s only one place for the tithe – God’s hand.
C. Reward from God: Giving:
1. Blesses Me: He can increase income or decrease your expenses. God blesses faith – not bargaining. He says to us when it comes to giving “you go first!”
2. Brightens Me
3. Boosts Me
CONCLUSION: One of the ways He tests our commitment and our maturity is through our finances. Will you trust Him with eternal issues but not your finances?