Being a Good Steward


    “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)


    There are two kinds of riches; earthly riches and heavenly riches.  The heavenly riches are eternal; and thus far more valuable.  The word ‘Mammon’ that Jesus uses in this scripture is a reference to earthly possessions; things entrusted to our care by God; like jobs, a car, a home, a wife or husband, money, a career, etc.)  God has given the earth and everything in it to mankind as a temporary possession.  Every man and woman is a steward of what God had given them.  A steward is defined as ‘someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else.’   How someone handles this mortal life, indicates how they will handle eternal life.

    Many years ago my dad worked for a large beverage distributing company.  They owned many trucks, necessitating the hiring of individuals to drive them.  He would often interview the prospective employees.  As part of the interview he would accompany the person out to the parking lot where he would peer into their automobile.  If there car was neat and orderly they might be hired.  But if their automobiles were messy and in disrepair, they wouldn’t get the job.  Some of them would complain; but my dad would tell them, “If this is the way you take care of your car, this is the way you’ll treat our trucks.”  They had failed to take care of their possessions, so they were denied the opportunity to care for the possessions of others.

    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, and even our money; it all belongs to God, and we are tasked with taking care of what we’ve been given.  If we succeed in being good stewards of our current possessions, then we will receive for ourselves, eternal possessions from the living God.  If we haven’t lived as Christians in this life, how can we expect to receive eternal life?

    “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and we ask and pray that You would please give us the desire to serve You; that our possessions in this life might serve your purposes and further the spreading of the gospel.  May we be good stewards of what you have given us; that we might one day inherit true riches.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!

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