WHAT IT MEANS TO BE STEWARDS OVER GOD’S VAST RESOURCES
In our most recent posting we taught the lesson title: “THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAL OF WORK IS STEWARDSHIP.” In today’s lesson we will expand on those thoughts and take you deeper into the mind of GOD and explain how He has provided the vast resources of this UNIVERSE for all His Children to share in and become TEMPORARY STEWARDS over.
Now let us understand this basic fact of life, and that is, when we claim OWNERSHIP of the material things in this world, that OWNERSHIP is a relative term, and as a HUMAN BEING, created in the image of GOD, it is up to each one of us to come into the full knowledge and understanding that WE OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD, and that everything that comes into our procession is a gift from God, is owned by God, is placed in our hands by God to become good STEWARDS over HIS possessions, and are to be used as a tool to help us to grow and live a loving, joyful and prosper life while we are on this earth.
It is truly a humbling experience to realize that 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. Now think about that for a moment as you build MATERIAL WEALTH and then agonize over how you are going to keep others from stealing and taking it away from you. My question to you is simple, “to what degree are you conscious of God’s ownership of everything which you call your own?”
Pause for a moment and think deeply on your THOUGHT PROCESS, how you view your time, talent, material possessions and of course your relationships with those whom you love dearly? Are you working consciously are unconsciously to process the things and people that God has placed in your life? Now I am certain these words are going to rattle your brain as you question this PASTOR’S knowledge and wisdom for making such a bold statement. However, let us understand that we are only temporary STEWARDS over all of God’s vast RESOURCES, and WE OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD.
Have you developed a “stewardship mentality” a growing awareness that you will one day have to 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 GENSIS 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 substance 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. Then we are to thank God for providing us with such vast resources, lift Him up with praise and thanksgiving daily as we go about using these resources with love, care and joy in our hearts, and share with others and help others to understand that they too can do and have at their possession all that they desire in their hearts. God is a true and loving God and He will take care of each one of His children, never putting on them more than they can bear.
I want to personally thank each one of you for reading, studying and sharing the Word of God with others. You are truly a blessing to this Ministry and the Kingdom Building work that each of you are doing in your own right. Never quit; never give in, because a quitter never wins and a winner never quits, for God is moving you in ways you have not yet begun to understand. Be strong and keep your eye on the prize.
We will continue to expand this very important teaching in our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE with our lesson title: “CONSIDER THE ANT, AND LIVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE!” Please do not miss out on this awesome lesson, it begins at 0700 each Sunday Morning. To God be the glory!
- Stewardship and the Church (wisdomarise.wordpress.com)
- Has Much Been Given? Much is Required: Feed the Folks Luke 12:41-48 (wjlanier.wordpress.com)
- Life Lessons from the Parable of the Talents (unpackforthisjourney.wordpress.com)
- Stewardship (theindispensableartist.wordpress.com)
- Stewards of God’s Grace (virtueitsolutions.wordpress.com)
- Open Hands by Loren Van Patten (colonnadecommunity.wordpress.com)