WHO IS A STEWARD?

1.    Introduction

a.      Steward

“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

     Preachers1 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