Stewardship, Easy or Tough? – Weekly Sermon – July 7th, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019
“Stewardship, Easy or tough?”
Luke 12:41-48

The term stewardship means to manage or watch over something on behalf of someone else.

To be a steward biblically speaking one was a trusted bond slave or a hired manager put in charge of a business, property or estate.  

A steward was expected to make profits and capital gains for his master.

Jesus gave three parables on this topic:

Matthew 25:14-30 “The Talents” Matthew 21:33-46  “The Wicked Tenant Farmers”

Luke 16:1-136 The Unrighteous Steward”

They each dealt with and about Stewardship.

When you hear the word “Stewardship” what is it that you think about

For me it  is money and finances.

That’s generally because of the parables mentioned.

But do you realize that Christian stewardship extends into every part and aspects of our lives?

 Finances, health, gifts and talents, time, family, and relationships, nature.

Each one of these are aspects of life that God has given to each one of us.  He as the master entrusts us with these things to profit his kingdom, our lives and the lives of others.

 In order to be a good, productive steward begins with our understanding that all that we have is God’s.

 1st Timothy 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

I have yet to ever see a u-haul following a hearse to a graveside.

According to various references in Scripture, we are all stewards, the key is one we good or bad at it?

Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given, much will be required” 

God expects that what he has entrusted to us will be well tended to and watched over on his behalf.

In finances, are you disciplined?  

Do you pay your debts and do you repay lent or borrowed money?

Do you use it to build up God’s kingdom and to help others to live more profitable lives?

Do you carefully consider expenditures or do you just flippantly throw it into the wind and lands where it lands.

If you do that, I hope the wind is blowing in my direction!

Do you have money to support your habits, your vices, hobbies, and lifestyle?  Yet seem to not have it for God, family and others?

Are you a good or bad financial steward with god’s money?

Do you take care of and are you concerned with your health?

1st Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

God expects us not abuse our health.

Alcohol, and drunkenness, tobacco, drug abuse, overeating, exercise. 

Are you a good or a bad steward of  your health God entrusted to you?

Can you sing, teach, preach, cook, work, and/or pray.

God has entrusted in us certain things to excel and be able to do.  Are you using these for God’s kingdom, to help others and to better yourself?

Are you a good or a bad steward of your entrusted  gifts and talents?

How do you spend the time God allots you?

You have 168 hours each week, how do you use it?

Do you manage it well or not at all?

Are you selfish or selfless with it?

Do you consider its impact or non-impact on God’s Kingdom, other lives and your own profitability from how you use it?

Are you a good or a bad steward with  the time God has entrusted you with?

How do you treat your relationships with others  Do you do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

Do you consider others well-being, their betterment, their growth, their lives or do you manage your relationships in a narcissistic, self profitable way?

Are you a good or a bad steward in the relationships God has entrusted you with?

Do you consider God’s creation his nature as if it were really yours to tend to?

You should because he gave us dominion over it all?

Do you throw trash out your car window, but have been entrusted with taking care of God’s earth.

Are you a good or a bad steward of this earth?

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