One of the most common lines given to someone when receiving a gift is, “Don’t spend it all in one place!” This sentiment was said to ensure that the gift receiver didn’t waste or squander their gift. The one who gave the gift wanted to make sure that the gift was looked on with joy, not regret. We as believers have to know that we were given a gift with very similar instructions.
Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” We were given the gift of life, salvation, freedom, and much more through the sacrifice of Jesus, another gift given to us by God. We must become better stewards, managers of someone else’s property, in order for us to be blessed.
Everything that we are stewards over is God’s. The same way managers are entrusted to supervise other employees, we are entrusted to supervise the things God has called us to. We understand on our jobs if we’re reprimanded for not being a proper supervisor or steward over the task given to us, but we do not expect the same from God. God will align you in your stewardship because His plans can and will not fail. If we aren’t proper stewards on our job, our responsibilities may be given to someone else who is more capable. In Matthew 25:26, Jesus said, “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Bad stewardship not only affects you personally, but it affects those attached to you. What would have happened if Paul, and apostle of Christ wasn’t a good steward of the calling God placed on His life. Not only would his life have been affected, but all Christians who came to believe because of him would have perished as well. We must not look at this life as if it’s solely ours. We were bought with a price and given dominion. We must use that dominion not for selfish gain, but for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Matthew 6:33 says, “ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The only way for us to learn how to become better stewards is to learn from the one who entrusted us to the work. Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We must seek out God’s purpose over our stewardship. As we draw closer to Him, our direction becomes clearer. We will walk boldly, without hesitation because we know what God has given us stewardship over and how we can best utilize it. We will be able to return back to Him with 100 fold return on His initial investment. God’s Word was created to multiply and add. If we find our lives dividing and subtracting, we have to first repent for not being a good steward, and seek God in His Word on how to become a better one.
One day, we all want to hear well done. Talk to God about how to ensure you hear it.
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