Luke 12:48 (NIV)
My initial attempts on this subject were quite lengthy. But I thank God for reminding me to just keep it simple! So, this is the distilled version of what the Lord would say through me.
We own nothing — God owns everything (Psalm 24:1). We are simply caretakers…overseers…managers…administrators…stewards over whatever and whomever He entrusts to our care (Genesis 2:4-23; 39:1-6; 41 (espec. verses 38-44)).
Key to faithful stewardship is to be obedient to the Lord’s commandments (Deuteronomy 34:10-12).
God’s purpose for increasing an individual’s stewardship responsibilities often has far greater and more impactful consequences than we can even imagine. Take a look at the lives of Moses (see Exodus chapters 1-40), Joseph (see Genesis chapters 39-47), and Daniel (see Daniel chapters 1-2) — their obedient leadership (stewardship) resulted in multitudes, even nations, being saved.
To whom much is given, much shall be required (Luke 12:48 paraphrased; Numbers 20:1-12). The greater one’s authority and stewardship responsibilities, the more accountability, sacrifices, and obedience will be required of them.
As Christians, we are to be faithful and wise stewards of all that God entrusts to us because…stewardship is a sacred trust.
Father God, in the precious name of Jesus, please teach us how to be willing, obedient, and wise stewards that You can increasingly trust with more — to Your glory and for the benefit of others. Thank You and…Amen.