UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Stewardship means granting a trust to someone for profitable use.

Luke 12:42-48 KJV
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? [43] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. [44] Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. [45] But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; [46] The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him , and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. [47] And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself , neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes . [48] But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes . For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

1. Stewardship is a gift to invest (Mat. 25:13-15). If we read these verses, we will understand what our heavenly father makes.

PS.24:1. The earth is the lord and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. Therefore, all of us are His creatures.

He was sent to us for our salvation. Jesus said in Jn.9:41, I must work the works of Him that sent me while it’s a day the night cometh when no man can work.

He also want us to perform like Him (Jn.15:16 & Jn 13:16-17). “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, He may give it to you (KJV). ” SO, we have responsibility which has been given by God.

2. Giving for a purpose –

Luke 16:1-9 KJV
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. [2] And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. [3] Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. [4] I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. [5] So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him , and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? [6] And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. [7] Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. [8] And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. [9] And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. My reader, this is the problem we have in churches and the whole world. Stewardship is given for a purpose but we are not using it for God’s purpose.

When we read Acts of Apostle 4:32 _ And the multitudes of them that believe were of one heart of one soul, neither said any of them that ought of the things which He possessed was his own but they had all things in common. Churches have diverted from the laid down principles of Apostles and command of Jesus Christ.

In the world today, people are not fearing God who is the General overseer of every man’s deed. Stealing, corruption, etc have deepened down into the system even including the so called Children of God.

Remember, in the book of Rev 22:11-12, he that is unjust let him be unjust still and he which is filthy let him be filthy still, that is righteous let him be righteous still and he that is holy let him be holy still. 12, And behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give everyman according to his works shall be.

3. Benefit of giving life style – It’s a style of living that reflect the attitude and values of a person or group. In the book of Dan.6:4-5 Then the president and prince sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom but they could find none occasions nor fault forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. If you as a christian can do like Daniel then your heaven is certain (Mat.25:31-34). Read and see the reward of a good steward. God will blessed you as you put it into practice.

This post is credited Pastor, Johnson Adedoyin

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Examples of stewardship in the Bible

Above, in Genesis 1:26-28, we observe that the concept of stewardship is woven into the fabric of creation. The desire to steward has been hardwired into the soul of every person, which explains why, in varying degrees, people have a desire to create and manage.

On this foundation, let’s take a look at some examples of stewardship in the Bible.

1.  Adam was called to work

From the very beginning, God had good intentions for work. In Genesis 2:15, we read, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
God called Adam to “work” and to “keep” the garden. Basically, God commanded Adam to take care of things on his behalf.

God’s call of Adam too wasn’t a burden, and God isn’t a vindictive taskmaster. Since Adam’s call to work preceded the entrance of sin (Gen. 3), we can see that God had a good purpose for work in mind.

2.  Joseph oversees Potiphar’s house

Joseph’s is arguably one of the best examples of biblical stewardship (Gen. 39).

After Joseph was brought to Egypt, the LORD made him a successful man. While Joseph was in the house of his Egyptian master, we read, _Gen. 39:4 “So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had”

Joseph didn’t own this home.
He didn’t own the furnishings.
He wasn’t responsible for generating income.
But he was given stewardship over the house and everything his master owned.

Referring back to the biblical stewardship definition above “the manager of a household” you can see why Joseph is the perfect example of what it means to be a Steward.

3.  Moses, let the land have a break

Remember, God owns the earth. As the owner of everything, He makes His desires for His creation known. We see just one example of this in Leviticus 25:1-5.

In this passage, the LORD told Moses to let the people farm the land for six years, but to make them take a break from farming the ground in the seventh year.

What does this have to do with stewardship in the Bible?

Simple.
From this passage, we see that God owns the earth, he oversees the growth of produce, and He knows how to handle his land.

(THIS POST IS IN 3 PARTS FOR EASE OF STUDY. YOU’RE READING THE THIRD PART. YOU CAN ALSO READ THE FIRST AND SECOND PARTS).

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical Verses on Stewardship

The Bible has a lot to say about stewardship, but here are some big themes emphasized in biblical texts on stewardship: The themes are as follow:

1.God created everything

Stewardship in the Bible begins with the very first verse of the Bible.

Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
We see in this passage that God is the creator of everything: He created the universe, the earth, and He created us. There’s not one particle in the entire world that was not created by God.
This is the beginning of all biblical stewardship principles.

In the New Testament we read
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth….. all things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:15-16).
The foundation of stewardship is built upon this reality.

2. God owns everything

Not only did God create everything; God owns everything (Job 41:11; 1 Tim. 4:3-5)
Job:41:11. Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
1 Timothy:4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
1 Timothy:4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1 Timothy:4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

This is the beginning of all biblical stewardship principles.
Our life is on loan from God. He has given us our life to steward for His glory and our goods.

As the owner of everything, God desires for all things to be redeemed (Col. 1:20)
Colossians:1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Including people, governments, businesses, and the arts. Said another way: God desires for everything to bring Him glory (1 Cor. 10:31).
1 Corinthians:10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Also see Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

3. God delegates responsibility

God calls us to manage what He created on His behalf.
If we haven’t noticed, we do not see the individual members farming, building houses, or preaching the gospel. But, if we look with the eyes of faith, we can see God meeting the needs of people, drawing us to Himself in faith, and tending to His creation through billions of people around the world.

This is participating in God’s work, it’s picked up by Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth: _1. Cor. 3:9 “For we are God’s fellow workers.”
Paul mentions again in _2 Cor. 6:1 that we are “working together with Him…”
God is at work in our life and around the world, and we have the privilege of participating in His work. Think about it this way.

Let just look through the books of the bible to see many people that God has delegated responsibility to.
When Jesus builds His church, He does so through our participation in His work by preaching the gospel.

When we are at our bagel for breakfast, God provided it for us through the work of farmers, bakers, truck drivers, and grocery stores.

Genesis 1:26-28: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’

(THIS POST IS DIVIDED INTO 3 PARTS FOR EASE OF STUDY. YOU ARE READING THE SECOND PART. YOU CAN ALSO READ THE FIRST AND THIRD PART).

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical stewardship is one of the primary ways God calls us to live our life.

It’s a theme in the Bible we can trace from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a calling rooted in creation, highlighted throughout the Bible, and influences the way we live our life for the glory of God.
In this teaching, we are going answer some common questions and highlight the big themes of what it means to be a steward, including:

  •  What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?
  • Bible verses about stewardship.
  • Examples of stewardship in the Bible.

Before we dive into Bible verses about stewardship, let’s start by defining what it means to be a steward.

What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?

Has someone ever asked you to watch their kids? Are you responsible for managing an office or people on behalf of an employer? Do you have a financial advisor overseeing your investments?
If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are or have been a steward.

In general, to steward is to manage something on someone’s behalf. Whether a family member, friend, or employer asks you to watch over something, then you are stewarding or managing whatever they entrusted to your care.

In the Bible, stewardship is another way of talking about how you live your life. In the New Testament, the word “steward” is rooted in the Greek word “oikonomos,” which means “the manager of a household.”

If you were a steward in Ancient Greek culture, you were not the owner of the house. Instead you would have been the manager of the house and the household affairs. From making sure the home was clean to managing the finances and perhaps servants, you would have managed everything on behalf of the owner.

In light of Bible verses about stewardship, we will see that our life is not our own. Our life is on loan from God regardless if you acknowledge this or not and God calls us to steward everything about our life for his glory and the good of others.

To help us see the duties of a steward in the Bible, let’s look at some Biblical texts on stewardship that will give us a better idea of what biblical stewardship means.

(This post has been divided into three parts for ease of studying. Make sure that you also study the other two parts as well).

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The fear of God


The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom

From the scripture, we were told that the fear of God is the point where wisdom starts from.

Proverbs 1:7 KJV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

This word hit me like a thunderbolt. “Servitude is a product of foolishness.” They don’t make  fools  kings (only the wise are made kings). Wisdom is to know the right to do and do it.

Isaiah 33:6 KJV
And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

Wisdom is the stability this time that we are now(if you lack wisdom in this era, you will crumble to the floor). It’s my prayer that you won’t sink in life.

Hear this: Christianity without demarcation will not stand the test of time. You can’t beat them by joining them – you will remain under them. The day of judgement is coming when the sheep will be separated from the goats.

Malachi 3:16-18 KJV
Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it , and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord , and that thought upon his name. [17] And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. [18] Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

My dear readers, please be different. Choose to be different. Things that will impress you won’t expand you, things that will expand you won’t impress you. God doesn’t speak to impress people, He speaks to expand people.

 

You can't beat them by joining them, you will remain under them

 

Wait a minute, God saw this dogged determination in this three Hebrew boys that they wouldn’t bow down for any thin god expect the greatest God that they had known and God heartbeat was like “I must rescue my children today.” Did you know what happened? He delivered them.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Listen to me: because others are doing it doesn’t mean that you should be doing it. The fear of God is your bail out in this generation.  Joseph flee fornication and he became a prime minister. Daniel was faultless and remained relevant during His time. Get this straight: you can’t fear God and be useless.

Since the days of the Patriarchal until now, those who have  reigned in life are those who fear God  (Men that carry heart for Christ). Hates whatever God hates; disapproves whatever God disapproves. This is the secret of rest.

It’s a restless world, it’s the jet set age. Whether consciously and unconsciously even believers are caught up in the web. Only those who will abide in Jesus by obeying His commandments will be at peace.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom (very correct).

 

 

Living in Dignity


Dignity is the hallmark of a genuine believer

Dignity is the hallmark of a winning believer. The call into service isn’t a call into a life bombarded with sufferings and regrets – I have never regret serving God for once in my life. God isn’t calling us to serve Him in order to punish us whereas He is calling us to serve Him in order to ‘Polish’ us.

Dignity and honour are the cardinal marks of a winning believer.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Pet.2:9.

You see, every authentic believer is a child of distinction, he is a special kind of breed; he is marked out (exempted) from the corruption of darkness and translated into the illumination of light.

Excellence is the capital proof of obedience. An excellent spirit found in Daniel (the three Hebrew guys are better than the magicians and astrologers ten times. Daniel served God via prayer to the point that the king had no choice than bow and called him a god’s name, Belshazzar).

“And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realms.” Dan.1:20.

Get this straight: a call to serve God isn’t a call to live unaccomplished, unfulfilled (you’re not expected to die the way ordinary men die).

It’s a call to be a partaker of a life with glory and virtue. A call to live an enviable life. We’re not an entity of pity; we are an entity of envy. Our destiny is an envious destiny, more than anything else.

“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and a great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” Gen.26:14.

Only if you can carry this mentality that serving God guarantees you an enviable destiny, nobody will be able to ask you again that “where is your God?” Every of the question mark lurking around your life will be turned into exclamation mark in the name of Jesus.

We are predestined for glorification.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the first born among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Rom.8:29-30

In conclusion, serving God is what turns an ordinary man into an extraordinary man. It makes a nonentity to become a celebrity (The disciples of Jesus were unlearned people, but Peter preached in one day and over 3000 souls were converted at the spot). Hmmm! Thank you Jesus.

 

 

 

The right words


How forcible are right words

How forcible are right words but what does your arguing reprove?” Job.6:25

In this kingdom, there is no room for arguments. There is no room for disputing. Someone may ask How do I approach God? Approach God without complains. God hates fault finders. God hates grumblers.

“Neither  murmur ye  as some of  them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.” 1.Cor.10:10

Approach God with obedience. In most cases what God will tell you to do might look too simple or stupid. Even if it seems too simple or stupid, do it.

“And His mother said unto the servant whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” Jn.2:5

When they needed wine, He told them to bring water, He used the launch of a lad to feed multitudes.

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes, but what are they among many.” Jn.6:9

Obedience is the master key to all the blessings of God.

Take Peter as a case study, Peter struggled with his business all the night and achieved no result. Until Peter obeyed God’s instruction, Peter’s net breaking harvest was not in view.

“And Simon answering said unto Him, master; we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing……And when they had this done(obedience), they in closed a great multitudes of fishes; and their net break.” (Lk.5:5-6)

Approach God with thanksgiving. Come to the presence of God with praises on your lips.  Be happy. If you are not joyful you will be fretful. Approach God with fasting and prayer. Fasting is not an advice neither an admonition. Fasting is a commandment.

When ye fast” Mat.6:9. 

There are some mountains that would not be made plain until you fast.

“Howbeith this kind goeth not but by prayer and fasting.” Mat.17:31

Don’t ever come to God with murmurings. Those who murmured in the wilderness were all consumed by the wicked. Murmurers are programmed for destruction.

“Do all things without murmurings and disputing.” Phi.2:14.

“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.” 1.Cor.10:10

 

Approach God with faith. Faith is our purchasing power in the miraculous market. Life cannot be beautiful more than your faith’s level.

The elements of faith demands that you must cast down all mind debris, idiosyncrasies and negative and cultural  orientation. They are by-products of the wicked. It requires that you speak inline with what you believe with bold declaration. For instance, “I can never be poor” “I can never be sicked” etc.

Hmmm! Right words are right words. When God was making the covenant of greatness with Abraham, He did not expect him to actually see all his seeds(children) with his naked eyes, God must be speaking of another kind of eyes, the imaginative faculty. If you can see it you can have it. A future that you can’t picture don’t expect to be featured in it. Whatever that you can see(picture) from Genesis to Revelation can be yours. Your mind can either break you or make you. Picture the positive and speaks the positive. You are what you say.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov.18:21.

You are what you think.

“As he thinketh in his heart, so he is.” Prov.23:7

Once upon a time, there was an ugly situation on the earth. Darkness reigned that God needed a change of situation. What was God’s approach? He called out light. Light emitted darkness. Light swallowed up darkness. It dispelled the dark area of the planet.  If God could use this approach to turn the negative tide around, then you and I have no choice than follow the same step.

 

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…..and God said, let there by light: and there was light.” Gen.1:3-4

Everybody gets what they see. Life answers to seeing. You can’t see hunger today and wake to see a life of abundance. This is divine setting. God cannot break this principle because of you.

“For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Gen.13:15

Right words are right words. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Never waste your time with an argumentator.