Building a Life of Stewardship Part #2

19 Feb 2013 by Another Level, No Comments »

 


Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back …“He said, ‘You’re right that I don’t suffer fools gladly—and you’ve acted the fool! Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?’…Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag…Luke 19:12-26 (paraphrase-NIV/MSG)

When we talk about stewardship, it’s not enough to only talk about our finances, we have to also talk about our time—our investment. It’s not only important whose at the table, but what do each individual bring to the table. After all what’s the point of being at the table if one brings no passion, no energy, are only there to receive, burden and take away. We often have a laundry of things that God can do for us, but the real question is, what can we do for God? God has work for our lives and for us to do. Our stewardship is more than just showing up and dropping a monetary gift, but its life living out the mission of God in this world.

 

I have learned that people make time for what they want to make time for. If it’s important than people take off work, get a sitter, DVR programs, make arrangements, change or switch shifts. They will do whatever needs to be done to get what they want accomplished. What if our lives reflected this same synergy for the things of God—the One who creates and sustains our life. What difference could we make in the world if our stewardship of our time would be just as significance as other stuff in our lives?

 

 The Luke text calls us toward a greater challenge in our stewardship. If you notice all the stewards had to simply do is put to work what the king had already given them. They did not have to work to get it; they had to do nothing more but to utilize what they already had to produce. Often we fail to produce because we do nothing with what we already have. Great potential is nothing more than stored up passive energy until it becomes kinetic active energy. Good stewardship is taking the risk to move God’s mission forward even when you are not sure how or what the outcome is going to be.


In my life I have learned how to fail forward. Making lots of mistakes, yet learning along the way and getting back up, dusting off my knees to try all over again. At best my life is live out not by the safe plays, but the attempts and the risk I make in Jesus’ name. My prayer for you is that your stewardship becomes a passionate pursuit toward the things of God and you unlike the last servant invest your life in Christ. When you invest in Christ the desires of your heart are fulfilled. Don’t be left holding the bag!

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