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Thoughts on Stewardship
The Christian concept of stewardship is really quite simple. As a Christian, I recognize that nothing that I possess is really mine. Everything belongs to Jesus for two reasons: 1) He is my Creator and 2) He is my Redeemer.
Psalms 50:10-12 - "For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness." The Lord owns everything because He created everything. Stewardship teaches that I am a manager, not really an owner. Sometimes we may refer to “my house”, “my car”, etc., but in reality we are simply managing what God has provided for us. Without God’s provision of seed, sunshine, soil and rain, we would have nothing to eat. Without the atmosphere He created and the lungs he gave each of us, we would not even be able to breathe, let alone get a job and earn an income.
In 1 Peter 1:17-19 Peter describes the priceless nature and true value of our redemption: “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver or gold from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
For disciples of Jesus Christ, this stewardship relationship begins with “the trade” of His life for mine. Paul described this trade (exchange or substitution) in this way in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus offers His life in exchange for mine. He took the punishment for all of my sins and he promises to be the Captain of my life and eternal destiny, if I choose a saving relationship with Him. In exchange, he asks for everything I am in return – my time, talents, treasure, temple (my body), etc. – to be totally surrendered to Him, to be used as He chooses.
In the end, Christian stewardship boils down to this. Christ gave everything for me, so He deserves everything from me. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” - Romans 12:1.
Pastor Steve Dayen