Summary: Part 3 of 4. We have leaned well how to Lean Against God. But we hestitate to Lean on Him. -The necessity of us to be stewards of what God has blessed us with is that we understand “who butters our bread” so to speak.
Stewardship: Learning to Lean -Part 3
The Neccessity of Stewardship
A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates.When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could hear: "Don’t pay for me Daddy. I’m under five."
This morning I would like to continue on with our series on Stewardship…Learning to Lean.
Once again I would like to begin with the definition that I have been using for stewardship… “someone is responsible for another man’s property.”
The last two Sundays we have established our need to put our Trust completely in God. By trusting Him we are establishing His Lordship within our lives.
It is important for us not to just give “Lip Service” to the Lord, but also live out that Lordship in our lives.
Isaiah 29:13The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
When we become stewards and actually begin to live our lives as stewards of God, we go beyond the lip service and put into action His Lordship in our lives. This morning once again we are going to look at the area stewardship…specifically this morning, the necessity of stewardship within our lives. Now when the word stewardship is mentioned from the pulpit, many people scram because they say “Oh the preacher is after my wallet again.” -Now financial giving is a very big part of our stewardship. If we are having a hard time returning to the Lord a portion of the finances He has
blessed us with, we probably are having a hard time trusting Him in other areas of our life as well.
Next Sunday we are going to be going into greater detail the biblical instructions and promises concerning Tithes and Offerings.
But there is so much more to stewardship besides money.
We have so much more to offer the Kingdom of God besides a check. Areas of Time, Resources, Prayer, and Support are just as crucial. This morning we are looking at the Necessity of Stewardship within our lives.
?Does the Lord Need our Money in order for the Kingdom of God to be built?
?Does the Lord Need our Time in order for His Kingdom to prosper?
?Does the Lord Need our Resources in order for His name to be spread?
?If He doesn’t then why does he ask us to contribute these things?
?Why doesn’t he just leave well enough alone?
Now this morning I would like to go back to Gideon once again to get the answer to the question.
Judges 7:2 “The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her…”
God tells Gideon that He is going to scale down his army of 32,000 men…WHY… because he did not want Israel to boast in her power.
He wanted the Children of Israel to know that it was the power of God that delivered them and not their own hand.
One of the descriptions that is given of God in the bible is that He is a jealous God. In fact in Exodus it says that one of His names is Jehovah Kanna (qannaò) or Jealous God. Ex 34:14
?What does this mean?
Now when we think of jealousy we automatically think of a little child who selfishly is upset when he does not get his way or can’t have what somebody else has.
God form of Jealousy must not be defined or even compared to the sinful version we know.
The motivation is much different.
God is Jealous when we do not put our trust in Him for victory because He knows that only in Him and trust in what He has to offer will we truly be successful in our lives.
Only in his power and might will we live abundant lives.
Zech 4:6 “Not By Might Nor By Power But By My Spirit Says the Lord”
MIGHT: chayil a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:—ability, activity
capacity, means, produce; strength, substance, wealth.
A sensible or even violent exhalation; figuratively life, anger, Insubstantiality;
We see in this passage that we are not going to be able to build the Kingdom of God, or have that abundant life by our ability, activity, strength, means or wealth.It is only by God’s sensible and sometimes even violent expression of His spirit that we will be successful. Otherwise we would take credit for it.
Now how does this apply to stewardship?
In Gideon’s Case He was calling Him to lead and army.