“primarily denotes the manager of a household or estate (oikos, a house, nemo, to arrange)”, Vine; Entrusted with goods and affairs of another.
– He oversees and administers the affairs of his Master for the Master’s benefit.
– He is answerable to his Master, Rom 14:4, 12
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
– His work either honors or dishonors his Master (Gen 39:2-9)
b. We must see ourselves as stewards of God who has appointed us over His goods (earth, but also spiritual blessings in Christ)
2. The Master’s Appointment Matt 25:14-15; Mk 13:34
Mar 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
a. Every Christian is a steward in God’s house (has an appointment from the Lord to be stewards), Rom. 12:3-8
– Apostles, 1 Cor 4:1
– Elders, Titus 1:7
– Preachers, 1 Cor 9:16-17
– All Christians (Saints), 1 Peter 4:10-11 (Rom 12:6-8)
b. Crucial elements of stewardship, (Mk 13:34) Matt 24:45-51
– We are under Christ’s authority, Matt 28:18; Col 3:17
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
– He has given us work to do, Eph 2:10
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them
– We are expected to use what we have been given to bless the Master, Matt 25:15-17; 1 Pet 4:10-11 (Gal 2:20)
ü Talents are usually seen as opportunity to enhance/bless ourselves (fame, money, power …)
ü Christian uses talents given by Lord for the Lord Gal.2:20
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
– We must honour God who has blessed us with His goods by being thankful for and faithful with His blessings, 2 Tim 2:19-21; 1 Cor 4:2. Otherwise, we…
ü Take our blessings for granted
ü Fail to use to full extent
ü Begin to forget God, 2 Cor 9:6-11:1 Tim 1:12; Psa 34:1-3
1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
3. The Stewards of our Time Ephesians 5:16
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
All want more, yet we often waste what we have, Luke 10:38-42
– Want more time to do our work, meet our obligations, achieve our goals etc. Time management is important to accomplish the Lord’s work, Jhn 9:4; Matt 24:48
Joh 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
– At the end of life, time is one thing everyone wants more of, Psa 90:10,12
– Rejoice in the time you have and use it to honor God, Psa 90:13-17
– Use your opportunities now, 2 Cor 6:2
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
4. The Stewards of our Possessions 1 Timothy 6:17-19
How we use our possessions shows whether we value our stewardship
– Manage our money to live within our means, Rom 13:8, Matt 25:31-46
Rom 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
– Pay our taxes and help others, Rom 13:7; Eph 4:28
– Give as we have prospered, 1 Cor 16:2
Compels us to give, Acts 20:35
– The measure we use will be used back to us, Luke 6:38
• Measure of generosity, 2 Cor 9:6
• Measure of humble giving, Mk 12:41-44
• Measure of dutiful care of our family, 1 Tim 5:4, 8, 16
5. Stewards of our Physical Health, 1 Cor 6:19-20
Health, though temporal is a blessing from God
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
– Often neglected until we don’t have it
– Body is a temple; Use it to glorify God
– Do not defile with immorality, 1 Cor 6:18
1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
– Do not defile with destructive behavior (smoking, drug abuse, alcohol, etc.)
– Self-control, Gal 5:23
Taking care of your health will likely give you more opportunity to serve the Lord
– Strength for daily responsibilities in family neighbours etc. 1Tim 5:23
– Strength to serve others, 1 Peter 4:11
– Even if you are not in good health, you are a steward of the health you have, 2 Cor 12:9-10; Phil 1:21
Stewards of God’s blessings
• Our Master will return and we will give an account of our stewardship, Matt 24:46, 50
• Be thankful and useful
Be diligent and faithful