YOU OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD
It is truly a humbling experience to realize that nothing that we are or nothing that we possess is really our own. Our time, talent, material possessions and the relationships we have been given are merely consigned to us by God for a few decades. To what degree are you conscious of God’s ownership of everything which you call your own? Now think about those words for a moment, and yes, allow them to rattle your brain as you question this writer’s knowledge and wisdom for making such a bold statement. Have you developed a “stewardship mentality” a growing awareness that you will one day give an account of how you have used the trusts you have been granted?
Now let us explore this theory for a moment by first looking at Genesis 1:27-28 (AMP), it says, “So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
And God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. This verse has been realized to a far greater extent during the past century than ever before. For the first time in human history, we face the crisis of global pollution and wholesale destruction of irreplaceable resources. Much of this is due to human greed and presumption; people have assumed that the supplies of earth are inexhaustible and that we are free to use them for personal gain.
However, let us understand this simple truth that scripture cautions us that we really own nothing that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.” A steward manages the possessions of another. We are temporary managers of God’s resources because God created us for that responsibility. Remember, God has no needs, and he did not create the cosmos because he was lonely or bored. Instead, the created order is the overflow of the fountain of love that has always existed within the triune God head. As stewards, we participate in a world that derives its being and sustenance from the infinite, personal Creator.
God has entrusted to us the dignity and responsibility of being stewards of the resources and creatures of this planet. When we shape, refine and creatively utilize the minerals, plants and animals that God has placed at our disposal, we are accountable for the results.
As a steward of the resources that God has placed in our hands, we are expected to realize the maximum possible return on the resources which the master has entrusted to our care.
Now let us pause and consider for a moment that everyone on this earth has the same amount of time in every day. President or paper boy, housewife or executive, farmer or financier, they all have exactly twenty-four hours in each day.
What differentiates people isn’t the amount of time available to them but the manner in which they exercise their gifts and talents within the available time. That’s what stewardship is about; faithfully developing and using our gifts, talents and resources within the amount of time God has allotted to us.
Within every stewardship relationship there are two parties involved: the master who hands out the resources and will one day ask for an accounting; and the steward who is entrusted with the resources and must eventually answer for how they were invested.
When Jesus taught about his second coming, he drove home one important lesson. Only faithful stewards will be prepared for his return. The parable he used to make this point involved three servants who each received a sum of money from his master before that master departed on a long journey. Upon his return the master discovered that two of the servants had invested the money and that one had buried it.
This is truly a remarkable story of how to invest wisely what has be entrusted to you as a temporary steward over God’s resources. Now I encourage you to think deeply on this story, and allow your thought patterns to reflect upon what you would have done if you had been given the same opportunity.
Now here is the story, “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.
After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’
The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’ (Matthew 25:14-30 MSG).
Remember this, leaders are stewards. They manage multiple resources because they direct others in using their own resources. You also are a steward; you have been given the responsibility to manage the resources that God has placed in your hands. No matter how small are how large those resources maybe, you are the one that is in charge of them. How you manage them will be determined when you are called to account for what you did with what was in your hands. These resources are not yours, because you own nothing, and never will own anything. You are a chosen vessel, the steward of God’s resources, understand your role in this life and except your duties and responsibilities and do them well. Do not worry about how someone else is managing their resources, do what you are suppose to do and do it to the best of your abilities and you will be rewarded accordingly.
In closing, I encourage you to stay focus and keep your eye on the prize. Jesus is the prize and he is the one that will call you to account for your actions as well as give out the rewards for those who were responsible stewards. Remember, “YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TEMPORARY STEWARDSHIP OVER GOD’S RESOURCES.” YOU OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD. Today, I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity. I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.