Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ (Luke 16:1-2 NASB)
In this parable of the rich man and the wasteful manager, Jesus taught His disciples Godly principles about the use of our resources. He also gave them a warning—someday, all will be accountable before God Almighty as to how we used our time, money and resources. When you think that everything you have is a gift from God (even your very life!), it’s a sobering thought that He will hold us accountable for what we did with all of it.
It is important for us to do our own accounting periodically to see just how well we are doing. I must admit, Pastor Dave touched on a few areas that need improvement in my own life! It’s sometimes easy, when we are doing well in certain areas of our lives, to overlook areas where God might be calling us to step out and expand our Godly influence. Maybe you are gifted and blessed in leading a Bible study or Home Group, but God has been nudging you to go on a mission trip. It might be comfortable witnessing to your coworkers and friends about your faith, but God is calling you to boldly witness to people you don’t know well—your neighbors, people you do business with, doctors, people in waiting rooms, cashiers, etc.
There are keys to help you in your own stewardship accounting. Ask yourself:
• Am I using the resources (time, talents, money and other physical blessings) God has given me to the fullest?
• What is my attitude and my motivation? Am I generous in sharing my blessings to help others know and experience the love of Jesus? Am I working for God’s glory, or for my own? As Pastor Dave said, our mission is to prepare people for eternity.
• Am I really in tune with what God wants me to do? Do I take time each day to seek His specific will, in Scripture reading and prayer, for me for the day ahead? Do I look for opportunities for personal interaction with others that God places in my life? More importantly, how do I respond to those opportunities?
• Do I serve out of forced obligation, or with a humble, grateful, servant’s heart?
Jesus taught His disciples that God has given each of us gifts and talents to be used as investments for His kingdom (Matthew 25:14-30). How are you investing yours? Remember, our life is not our own—it is God’s gift to us on loan.
Read: Matthew 25:23
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Investing Our Life on May 4th, 2019 - Watch Sermon