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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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