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May 2018

God Has Made Us His Stewards

As God’s stewards, our first assignment was given to us in Genesis 1:28: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ ”  God delegated us as his representatives to rule the earth in his place. We have been given dominion over God’s creation. Because God has retained his ownership of all things, we are stewards who are responsible and accountable to God. God is the owner; we are the stewards or managers.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the awesome and challenging privilege you have been given me to be a steward of your creation. To think that the God of creation is giving me this opportunity is very humbling and exciting. Grant me the faith that I need so all I do honors you. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

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We Can’t Serve both God and Money

By nature, we are selfish and greedy people. Our society encourages that sinful mindset by telling us that more and newer is better. Although Scripture nowhere teaches us that being rich is sinful, it does warn us that wealth may be a trap and temptation “that plunges men into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9). Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). An indication that our money has become overly important to us is when we ignore the needs of others and the needs of our church. With God’s strength, we can place God first and overcome the temptation to love our money.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I pray you will enable me to be faithful with all my blessings, especially in the attitude toward and in the management of my money. Help me always to be thankful for what I have. I thank you for your constant love and presence in my life. Through Christ I ask these things. Amen.

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Money Is a Test

Jesus said, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11). Jesus is telling us that, if we can be trusted with our stewardship of the material things that he entrusts to us, then he will trust us to be stewards over things of highest value which relate to the eternal. The way we handle our material possessions is a good test of the way we would handle responsibilities relating to God’s kingdom. In order to be “trustworthy in handling worldly wealth,” we need to recognize our privilege and responsibility to use our material blessings with a kingdom focus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to develop a right and proper attitude toward the money you have entrusted to me. Help me to see my money as a tool to help others. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

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God’s Faithful Stewards

Knowing that God is the Creator and Provider of all things motivates us to worship him with our faithful stewardship. As faithful stewards, we acknowledge God as the source and owner of everything. We are merely managers or caretakers of his property that is on loan to us. In our faithful stewardship, we seek to use our lives and blessings according to his will. We understand that our main purpose is to serve and glorify him. We seek God’s wisdom and strength to fulfill our stewardship tasks, and we are aware of our need to be responsible and accountable. The reward for our faithfulness will come from hearing God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23). 

Prayer: Lord, as I read and study your Word, I pray that your Spirit will enlighten my heart and mind so I may draw closer to you and more closely understand your will for my life. May my stewardship give you honor and glory. I pray this in the precious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.

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God Is the Source of All Things

Remembering that God owns everything prompts a remarkable shift in our view of stewardship. Usually when we think of stewardship, we define it as our giving to God or to the church something that belongs to us. However, stewardship is just the reverse, because it is our freely using, enjoying, and giving what already belongs to God (Psalm 50:9-12). The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land on which we live are all gifts from God. All that we have are gifts we enjoy out of God’s love for us.

Prayer: Lord, you are the owner of the animals in the forest and all the cattle on a thousand hills. Help us to acknowledge you as the owner of all things. We thank you for allowing us to be your stewards and grant us faith to be faithful in our stewardship. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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