Teaching  us To Become A Good Steward

 

Am I a good steward?

This is a good question to ask yourself. The Bible says that someone who is faithful with a little thing will be faithful with much (Luke 16:9-11). So, if we are honest and do the right thing when no one is looking, we will be able to be trusted when people are looking.

 

Stewards are mentioned in the Bible quite a bit actually.   The basic message  from the Bible about being a good steward is that God has entrusted us with things down here on earth and it is our responsibility to do something good with them.

Being a good steward

Realize that God owns it all

It can be easy to forget that God create the world we live in and us as well. He created the air we breathe, the sun that warms the earth, and plants and animals for food. He is the one that gave us our brains to think, he placed different gifts and skills in each one of us, and gave us each unique personalities.

 

It is only because of His great mercy that he doesn’t just prove to us how dependent we are on Him, when we start to think we really accomplished something on our own                         . As we understand that, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” (Psalm 24:1) we can see that we are merely temporary possessors (or stewards) of things that He owns.

 

We are born with nothing and we take nothing with us when we leave. It all just gets passed on to someone else. The amazing thing is that we have the opportunity to “store up for ourselves treasures in heaven” by giving some of those items that we temporarily possess down here.

 

Stewards can only serve one master

 

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

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Matthew 6:24

 

We will find in life that our decisions about money reflect who we are serving. At the most stingy and greedy moments of my our lives it was painfully evident who our master was. We try and convince ourselves that we were serving God, but in truth our decisions were made on their financial impact rather than on our faith in God. It’s one of those areas that we will all have room to grow in.

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