Stewardship - Part 6 of 7 Daily Essentials For the Christian Life

Sunday, November 22, 2015

On our journey of discovering the 7 Daily Essentials for the Christian Life, I hope your thinking is being transformed so that you understand that our walk with Christ is the core of who we are and not just things we do. You are not a mechanic who happens to be a Christian, or a parent that also performs Christian duties. You and I are followers of Christ who just happen to do other things--mother, father, accountant, pastor, etc. The goal is not to follow these seven steps and become a Christian. Yes, we must make these daily habits, but we need to see beyond mere actions. The goal is that these seven essentials are the outward manifestation of who we are from the heart. I do these things because of my identity. It is important to grasp this concept to understand our sixth essential.

Daily Essential #6 - Stewardship.
That word may possibly alienate half of the readers of this post. Stewardship is horribly misunderstood by many in the Church today. Much of the credit for that goes to the many charlatans on TV telling us to sow our seed of faith to them. They promise that if you give them money, then God will make you prosperous. That is not stewardship and is nothing short of what they were doing in the temple during Jesus' earthly ministry when he turned their tables over.

Stewardship is not about giving God your money, although giving your tithes and offerings is a part of that. Stewardship is simply living a life that recognizes that everything I have ever had, now have, or ever will have is not mine. It really belongs to God and He has entrusted me to take good care of it and invest it in His kingdom. It's not just giving God 10% but rather 100%. It is all His to begin with and He then entrusts us to invest that into His kingdom. In doing so we are honoring and recognizing Him as our sole source of provision.

Money is just such a small part of the bigger picture of Stewardship too. What about giving God the best of our time, energy, and talents? What if today He got the first hour of the day, the best of our attitude, or first crack at our desires? Ask yourself, "What changes do I need to make in my lifestyle to enable me to live a lifestyle of Stewardship?" In other words Stewardship focuses on who we are, not what we have or what we do with it.

Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." The spiritual principle here is that your generosity is rewarded by His extravagance. Be generous today.
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