TOPIC: Biblical Principles Of Stewardship I
TEXT: Lk 12:35-48; 16:10-12; 2Cor 9:6-15
MEMORY VERSE: 1Cor 4:2
God is sovereign over all of His creation, yet He graciously allows you to be a steward over what He places in your care. Your motivation to be a faithful steward is to be centred on God and His objectives instead of a pre-occupation with self.
While sins such as envy, jealousy, covetousness and greed very markedly reveal a focus on self, you are instead to please God and bless others by practicing biblical stewardship. The following guidelines will help you develop a biblical plan of stewardship that characterizes a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. You need to recognize that everything that you have – your body, material goods, time, abilities and Spiritual gifts – has been graciously given to you by God (Deu 8:18; 1Chr 29:12; Ps 21:1; 1Cor 6:19-20; 12: 4-6).
2. As a steward of all that the Lord has entrusted to you, you are to be faithful in the care and use of God’s provisions (Mt 25:14-30; Lk 12:13-48; 16:10-13; 1Cor 4:1-2; 1Pet 4:10-11).
3. The goal of your service must be to give glory to God instead of receiving honour from others or gratifying your own self-centred desires (Mt 6:1; 1Cor 6:19-20; 2Cor 9:12-13; Col 3:17).
4. The exercise of your Spiritual gifts should not bring glory to yourself but should build up the body of Christ and to cooperate with God in fulfilling His purposes in the world (Rom 12:3-8; 1Cor 12:4-27; Eph 4:11-16).