The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; Psalms 24:1 (NIV)
In theory, we as Christians should know that all we have is the Lord’s and that we are stewards of the time and the resources that God gives us. I often make the joke that when the offering bag or plate comes around, we should get in it. We would be fooled to think that only our tithe is God’s and that the rest is ours. It is important to remember that we are accountable to God for all of our resources, including our time.
This is not about looking at others and judging what they are doing, it is about looking at ourselves and asking the question, am I a good steward? One of the reasons why we can’t judge others is that we all have different calls upon our resources and upon our time. It may be that one is a parent with young children, a worker that has high demands on them in their field of employment, or one with limitation because of health or financial commitments or other special needs that requires more time and resources.
These commitments are all a part of our personal responsibilities as Stewards. I also want to add that being a good steward involves looking after ourselves too. If we don’t service our car, or change the tyres, or make sure there is oil in the engine sump and water in the radiator our car will breakdown and/or maybe unsafe for others. It is true for ourselves as well. We have to look after ourselves and also as leaders we need to, as best we can, be stewards of the people that God has place under our supervision and care.
However, to be a good steward requires coming to that place where we acknowledge that everything that we have is God’s, including our very exists. For those of us who are older I sing the old Hymn,
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart, does the Spirit control?
This is the starting place of being a good steward. But we also were never meant to carry all these things on our own. I have often heard the saying sometimes as a joke in a movie, “it is good to be King” but there is only one King, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus and we are his servant, stewards over the resource that he has place in our hands. Even though my name “Rex” means king I do not want to be king. I am a servant of THE King and a steward of his resources. It is good to be a steward. The rest of the Hymn brings to us a powerful truth, that I love,
You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
- What is God asking you to surrender?
- What are you needing to adjust or change in order to be a faithful steward?
- Are you looking after yourself and those under your supervision and care?
- Are you trying to control something that is the responsibility of another steward?
May we together continue to experience the peace and sweet rest as we yield him our body and soul in our journey of being good Steward of our resources and time.
Rex E Rigby