Gen. 24:1-9; 1 Cor. 4:1-2; Luke 12:42-48
In order to fully understand the concept of divine stewardship, we must first of all come to the full knowledge of the fact that God is the Owner of all things. He is the Creator of all things, and He has the full right of ownership over all things (Col. 1:16; John 1:3; Gen. 1:1).
Stewardship is synonymous with service. A steward is a custodian, a caretaker, a manager or an administrator. He/she can also be referred to as a servant.
Stewardship implies that something has been placed in your care, for which you will give an account.
Accountability is one of the major components of stewardship.
Spirit of ownership contradicts the principle of divine stewardship…
We must see ourselves as custodians, unto whom God has bestowed resources (human, material and spiritual resources, etc).
Some of the lessons we can learn from the life of Abraham’s servant:
- Under a tough situation or circumstance, he swore an oath of allegiance to Abraham (Gen. 24:9)
- Strategic positioning; leading his team in the right direction, at the right time (Gen. 24:10-11)
- He cultivated a lifestyle of prayer; he had a working relationship with the God of Abraham; he was a true worshiper of God (Gen. 24:12-14; 26-27)
- He refused to eat until he had completed his master’s assignment. He believed that the master’s interest superseded his own personal interest. He was solely interested in completing the master’s job (Gen. 24: 33-49; Matt. 6:33)
- His life portrayed the faith, integrity, affluence and dignity of his master (Gen. 24:53-56; Isaiah 43:21; 1 Peter 2:9)
How to be a faithful steward:
- The fear of God (Gen. 39:7-9; Phil. 2:12)
- The Spirit of God (Romans 8:14; 1 Cor. 2:9-12; Eph. 4:30). The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth…
- The Word of God (Phil. 2:16). The Word of God is the mirror through which we see ourselves truly as we are before God.
- Use your gifts, abilities and resources to serve God (1 Peter 4:10)
PASTOR NATHANIEL SADELA
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