BEING A GOOD STEWARD
Being a good steward is a privilege but can also be a challenge. If you’re responsible for few things, it might be easy to care well for them. What if you’ve taken on too much and feel like you don’t have time to practice good stewardship? Maybe you’ve not managed your money well. Or maybe, like me, you’ve accumulated too much in your home and are overwhelmed with it all.
What if we set the above aside for a few minutes? They are all practical, and we should care about them, but are they lasting? I’m not saying they aren’t important, but they are things we deal with daily and may take time to work out. Why can’t we be working on those areas and still be good stewards in other ways?
Maybe everything isn’t in order, but what about taking a good look at our abilities and talents? Is there something we can use to encourage or help a fellow human being? Maybe we could make a meal for someone or send a letter, text or make a phone call. We could make it point to regularly pray for someone.
BEING A GOOD STEWARD INCLUDES LOVING OTHERS
God expects us to share with one another and build each other up. It seems to me the most important thing is to share God’s love. Look what Peter tells us:
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:8-11
That sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? Yet God never tells us to do something without giving us the strength and ability to do it. So, how can we be good stewards of the gifts and talents God has given us? What does it tell in the above scripture?
Rely on God’s strength Be good stewards of your gifts This glorifies God
Stewardship is the prompt word for Day 28 (the last day) of #write28days. This has been quite a challenge, and it’s hard to believe I’ve only missed 4 prompts. I started off keeping up with each day, but I guess I started running out of steam. Still, even though the challenge has ended, I will try to write for the prompts I missed.