In this week’s topic of stewardship, we saw that as Christians, stewardship means that we understand and acknowledge that this one life we’ve been given has been given by God to seek out all that God has planned to do through us and fulfill that for His glory. And that the key to this call being fulfilled in our lives is by being faithful to shine the goodness and glory of God through everything that we have and everything that we do. We went over the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 to illustrate the notion that faithfulness, not results and accomplishments, is what should be the focus in the stewardship of our lives.
Faithfulness is independent of results
In every habit we’ve discussed over the past few weeks, we recognized that it is not the mere doing of these habits or the level of proficiency in which we execute these habits that makes it acceptable and pleasing to God.
In the same way, being faithful has nothing to do with the degree or notion of successful results. Both the young girl who faithfully follows and worships God with her studies and chores at home and the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation who uses her position and influence to be faithful to God in leverage her life for the spreading of the Gospel in the whole world has succeeded based on their faith and not by the extent of their significance and impact in this world. In the economy of faith, both bring the same glory to God. Even if our life was cut short or we utterly failed at whatever plans we had, if we are faithful, it means we trust God and ultimately, we bring glory to God.
Faithfulness requires the right heart
In the parable of the talents, the third servant buries the talent that was given to him and explains to the master who returned that he was afraid the master would be hard on him. But the master replied that if the servant truly believed this, he would have invested the talent through the bank so that the master would receive his talent back with interest. This reveals the heart of the third servant who in fact was not so afraid after all but simply decided to be irresponsible of his role as a servant to the master and make use of his time the way he wanted.
As a Christian, our life and our time is no longer our own. It is a gift that has been given by God, entrusted to us to be used for his namesake. Focusing on the aspect of how we use our time, we are able to recognize the difficulty of being faithful to stewardship. Especially during this time of quarantine, time is something many people are either being very irresponsible over or very stressed about. The bad habits that were kept in check because of our normal busy schedules and meetings and planned events have allowed our lack of discipline in stewarding our lives to be kept unchecked and roam out of control in our lives.
Where our treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:21
Faithfulness amplifies our responsibility
We need to take a serious look at how we are using our time and money. Stewardship means being faithful, and being faithful stems from the heart. What we spend our time and money on is what we value and that is where our treasure is. What treasures are you actually holding on to? Is it God or is it something other than God? You will know by how you steward your time and money.
The sovereignty of God and this amazing grace of God and forgiveness found in Jesus does not give us freedom to live carelessly abounding in sin. What we choose to do as stewards of this life God has given us has an eternal impact. God will not be mocked. A mere confession of faith without a repentant heart, which is an action of turning away from sin and walking with God, is words without power. Salvation is not simple math. It’s not reciting a sinner’s prayer and just one and done. The life that has been saved will live faithfully for the glory of God. The true Christian will not use God’s grace and their faith as an excuse to make rash decisions. The true Christian will steward their life in fear and reverence to God.
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