Stewardship

JESUS SPEAKING

            “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who is will commit to your trust true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16: 10-12)

 

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

            There are two kinds of riches; earthly riches, and heavenly riches.  The heavenly riches are far more valuable, for they are eternal.  ‘Mammon’ is a reference to earthly wealth (homes, gold, silver, money, beauty, careers, education, power, etc.)  Most people are seeking after this wealth rather than seeking after God, and as a result, they are serving their possessions instead of the living God who created them.  God has given the earth and all that is in it to mankind as a temporary possession.  Every man and woman is a steward of what God had given them.  A steward is ‘someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else.’   How someone handles mortal life, indicates how they will handle eternal life.  No one who abuses what is God’s should expect to inherit eternal life for themselves.

            When I was young (way before God came in to my life), I had very little respect for the possessions of others.  Whenever I got to take my mother’s car for a ride, I would abuse it; I would hit jumps, take friends out riding on dirt roads, and drive through snow banks with it.  Once, after returning my sisters car to her in a damaged conditioned she began to cry.  My dad later bought me a new vehicle; a car ‘all my own.’  I abused that car to within an inch of its life.  I smoked in it; I left garbage wrappers in it; I hit jumps with it; I rode over a bunch of mail-boxes with it (popping the tire), I had a friend kick in the side door; I got it stuck in a ditch; I had a window smashed in; the door handle was ripped off etc.  Had my Dad read this scripture, he would have known how poorly I would treat my own car after looking at the damaged I caused to others cars.

            Today, the things that we have in this life are not ours.  Our wives, our kids, our houses, our cars, our friends, our families, our bodies, even our money; it all belongs to God, and we are supposed to care for them accordingly.  If we succeed in being good stewards of the possessions of this world, we will receive for ourselves, eternal possessions from the living God.  Be a good steward of your things; take care of what is his; and your reward will be great.

            “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and we ask and pray that You please give us the desire to serve You rather than the possessions of this world.  And help us to be good stewards of what You have given us.  We ask that You help us in our endeavors to please You, that we may inherit Your true riches.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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