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BEING A WISE STEWARD All that we have ultimately really belongs to God. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be We are managers, not owners. found faithful.” God is the source and owner of all things. We just have temporary use of them. All of us are “Stewards”. God has placed a number of things of great A "steward" is "one required to manage value into your hands as His steward… the affairs of the true owner." You will give an account to God on what you do with your stewardship. We have different responsibilities given us by God.. Life itself is a precious gift. In life we So what are we Stewards of? have… Time – we all have the same amount Let us look at how we are to be every day Stewards of THREE THINGS… Talents – all of us have abilities of various kinds Firstly… Treasure and Possessions For all of these things we are Responsible and Accountable, to God. 1. TIME Romans 12:1 - “I beseech you Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because therefore, brethren, by the mercies of the days are evil.” God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, Live life for God which is your reasonable service.” 2 Peter 3:11 - “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of Life is a precious gift. persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation God has given us time, day by day. and godliness.” Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not, only today is ours. Live a life that is right and godly. "There's no present like the time." Choose the right path. Only One Life A preacher shared… One Sunday morning With a shining quarter, a tiny little boy went into a candy Mother decided to play a joke on my sister by store. With the utmost seriousness, studying each assortment with deep thoughtfulness, he wandered from case phone. Dialing the number, she heard someone to case. Tired of waiting, his mother called, "Hurry, son, pick up the receiver, her cue to say in a deep spend your quarter. We must be going." The child replied, "But Mama, I have got to spend it carefully; I only have one." voice, "This is God speaking. Why aren't you in You, too, have only one life. How are you spending it? church?" To Mom's horror, she had dialed the wrong number. Time doesn’t belong to us, but we have use of it. Let us make the most of our You can't make footprints in the sands of time life - for God and others. sitting down. We all have potential – and Live life purposefully, for the Lord. opportunity in our life. Let us maximise Let us the abundant life. life – make the most of it. Let us obey the Lord. Have a goal to strive for. Let us do good while we have opportunity. Make your life count. Where Is the Time? 2. TALENTS Fred sat in his car, glaring angrily at the red traffic light-one minute, two minutes, three minutes! You would think for 1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the those little side roads they would have only a one-minute gift, even so minister the same one to another, green light. There, only two cars went through all the time as good stewards of the manifold grace of that he and the other motorists on the main road were waiting! How frustrating! Those lights always seem to turn God.” red just as you drive up. Behind Fred, in another car, sits Tom. But he does not mind the light a bit. It just gives him a chance to learn another Our talents are gifts we receive from God to Bible verse. He has a new one in a little stand on the be used for His glory and honour. dashboard, and he is saying it over and over. By the time the light changes, he will have another verse to use in witnessing! It is estimated that the average motorist spends 26 hours a We all have different gifts, and abilities. year waiting for traffic signals to change. And if Fred and Use your abilities to minister – to serve Tom are average motorists, then Fred will spend 26 hours a others. year running his blood pressure up in angry frustration, and Tom will spend 26 hours a year memorizing God's Word so he will be a better servant of Jesus Christ. You can use your abilities and talents. You can maximize them, What has God given us time for? or bury and waste them. Where are our priorities? It is easy to be busy and yet not get Are you putting your talents to use things done that really count. Are you developing your talents? Or Are you misusing them, to bring glory to Wasting time is really wasting a life. self? So, be a good steward of your Time… You can be selfish with your talents and and… abilities, or you can use them for the benefit of others. You can develop and use your talents for God. Your talent may be To support a ministry, What talents and abilities has God given you? To pray, Let God use your unique talents To help another, or Invest yourself in the lives of others To teach a child. Use what has been given to you for others Each of us has a unique talent to put to Are you using your talents to build up the use. church? Develop yourself Apply yourself You will be accountable for what you are given, Give yourself and what you do with your talents. Old Ben Putnitoff So be a good steward of your Time, Ben Putnitoff was a member of the Lord's church. Morally, he was a good man. He did not lie, curse, drink, beat his wife, and your Talents, or smoke. He paid his income tax, came to Bible class and and… worship services, paid his bills and gave a "few bucks" to the Lord. He was never opposed to anything that was good. One day old Ben Putnitoff died and stood before the Righteous Judge. The Judge said, "Ben, you are charged with trying to close the church. Are you guilty or not guilty?" "Not guilty," pleaded Ben Putnitoff. "I didn't do a thing!" "Guilty as charged," the Judge ruled. And then He continued, "Ben, you have confessed to the most effective way ever devised of closing the church. You 'did not do a thing.'You did not visit the sick. You did not encourage the weak. You did not feed the hungry. You did not reach out to the lost with the gospel." "But, Judge," Ben pleaded, "I intended to do all of those things, but I was too busy making a living and enjoying myself. I have just been putting it off." God doesn’t give all of us the same gifts. 3. TREASURE Our Lord commands us to “lay up for Does our Stewardship of treasures please the yourselves treasure in heaven” Master? (Matthew 6:20). John Wesley said: How we use our possessions and money “Make as much as you can, proves our values system - we show save all you can, what we value by how we spend it. give away all you can.” Is heaven in our mind when we make use Our Lord Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give of our money? than to receive” (Acts 20:35). A London newspaper offered a prize for the best definition of Our Lord has given so much for us. money. It was awarded to a young man whose definition was, "Money is an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except heaven and as a universal Giving to the Lord is a privilege and a joy. provider of everything except happiness." It is to be… Let us be rich towards God - Luke Cheerful. God loveth a cheerful giver 12:21. (2 Corinthians 9:7). Sacrificial. The widow gave two mites, Do we focus on earthly riches or “true which was all her living (Luke 21:3-4). riches” (Luke 16:11)? God sees the heart of the giver, Who is the Lord of our lives? not the amount. Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two God measures the gift by how much is left, masters: for either he will hate the one, not by how much we give. and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Money).” Giving is like a process of sowing, and So be a good steward of reaping - 2 Corinthians 9:6 says - “he your Time, and which soweth bountifully shall reap also your Talents, and bountifully”. your Treasure. When we come to the end of life, the In a way they are not “yours”, they are really question will be, "How much have you His. given?" not "How much have you gotten?" We just have use of them. (George Sweeting, former president, Moody Bible Institute) Bishop Edwin Hughes once delivered a rousing sermon on "God's Ownership" that put a rich Giving to the Lord is the best investment parishioner's nose out-of-joint. The wealthy we can make. It has an eternal man took the Bishop off for lunch, and then dimension. walked him through his elaborate gardens, woodlands, and farm. "Now are you going to tell me," he demanded when the tour was completed, "that all this land does not belong to me?" Bishop Hughes smiled and suggested, "Ask me that same question a hundred years from now." I close with a… How are you investing your life in the CHALLENGE great purposes of God? Judgment Day is coming… Let us be a good, wise, and faithful steward Heb 4:13 - “Neither is there any creature in what time we have left before Judgment that is not manifest in his sight: but all day. In a sense, one day “time” as we know things are naked and opened unto the it will be no more. eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Let us respond to the Lord from our hearts, … And You will have to give Account! in love and obedience to Him who has given Rom 14:12 “So then every one of us so much for us. shall give account of himself to God”. In 1 Timothy 6:17 Paul says, Don’t “trust in Matt 12:36 - “every idle word that men uncertain riches, but in the living God, who shall speak, they shall give account giveth us richly all things to enjoy”. thereof in the day of judgment.” Every careless, thoughtless word. Be sure you are saved and trusting in the Saviour. He will ask about Your Stewardship… Let us obey the Lord, “Give an account of thy stewardship” as good stewards of the (Luke 16:2) – how have we managed Time, the Master’s possessions? Talents and Treasures Stewards are required to be faithful. that He has placed in our care. What are you making of the Let us give ourselves to Him life God has given to you? in love and faithful service.
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