“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” ~ Psalms 24:1a
Stewardship defined: “The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” Being a good steward of what God gives us begins with a right attitude about ownership. In our verse we see that it ALL belongs to God. Our wealth, time, skills, knowledge, families, jobs, businesses . . . you get the point. We first need to acknowledge God’s ownership of ALL our resources. Think like a manager, not like an owner.
I was someone who was a dutiful employee wanting, to honor my company and make it successful because I believed that behavior would be rewarded, as it often was. Then I became a business owner. My attitude changed. It was MINE! It took a few years of intense stress when in a moment of struggle, God reminded me that all of this is His and thus, the results are His. Now that I manage His business I have the freedom to approach customers with more of a servant attitude. Every one of them (even those with whom extra grace may be required), is His and thus, I am His vessel to serve them with every skill, talent, and knowledge that He gave me, to benefit them. There is freedom and less stress with this attitude.
An example of Jesus’ instruction for stewardship is in The Parable of the Talents (read Matthew 25:14-30). Jesus’ punchline is v. 29: “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”
Daily Battle Order:
The management of the resources that we have been blessed with should reflect our total allegiance to the ONE who has given to us so abundantly. Start today by managing His business!