“Come and share in your Master’s happiness.” (Matthew 25:23b)
The original roots of stewardship can be found nestled in the Creation story itself. We read God created man in His own image, establishing our role as image bearers: We reflect and imitate our Creator. The next few verses introduce God’s instructions on stewarding life. He assigns man and woman to the task of being productive…be fruitful, multiply, rule and have dominion over (Genesis1:28-29). God still has ownership of all, but He assigns Adam and Eve to “steward” what He graciously provides.
We are blessed to have full access to God’s story, from Genesis to Revelation. According to Scripture, as Christ followers, we are all blessed with gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit Himself. We don’t all have the same gifts, but we are all expected to provide a return on our Master’s investment. More importantly, according to Romans 14:12, there will come a day of reckoning. You and I will have to give an account for what God has entrusted and graciously provided us:
1. Stewarding our time: Time is a gift we are called to use: we walk in wisdom, redeeming time (Colossians 4:5). Now is the time of God’s favor, the day of salvation (2 Corinthians. 6:2).
2. Stewarding our talents: God wants us to bless and serve others with our gifts and talents (1 Peter 4:10). We’re blessed to be a blessing. Jesus gave us two commandments: Love Him and love others as we Genesis 12:2 love ourselves. When we steward our talents to honor Him and bless others, we are fulfilling these commands.
3. Stewarding our money: We give money, we don’t serve money. Money is only a tool to be used both now and as an investment for eternity. With more money come higher expectations: (Luke 12:48).
4. Stewarding our bodies: We are called to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. Paul connects stewarding our bodies to the quality of worship offered before God (Romans 12:1). Whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we are called to do it ALL for the glory of God
The lifestyle of a good steward will be rewarded: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21-23)
Let those words penetrate deep into your soul: We have nothing to lose, everything to gain. The invitation is clear: “Come and share in your master’s happiness.” The choice is ours.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Investing Our Life on May 4th, 2019 - Watch Sermon