Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” Stewardship Principles: It’s possible to possess a thing (house/car) and still not own it. We have in our possession what God’s given us (time/talent/treasure), but “all we have”STILL BELONGS TO GOD! Psalms 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” Stewardship: is to handle what belongs to someone else. -As Christians stewards, we are to handle or manage the following 3 things that God has given us FOR HIS GLORY: (1.)Time: How should a Christian a mange time? *Everyone doesn’t live the same amount of time, but everyone has the same amount of time (24hrs/day). (2.)Talent: How should a Christian manage talent? *Everyone doesn’t have the same talent, but everyone has a talent. (3.)Treasure: How should a Christian manage treasures? *Everyone doesn’t have money, but everyone, has the opportunity to make money.
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” How Do We Handle The “Time” God Gives Us? Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” -This Psalm deals with the eternity of God & frailty of man. -Every human is born with the desire for eternity (Ecc.3:11) and the desire for his or her work to count/ reflect the permanence of God (Psalms 90:10). *Because of this, we are to use our time with an eternal purpose in mind. *Question: Am I glorifying God by furthering his kingdom with my time?
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” How Do We Handle The “Talent” God Gives Us? 1 Corinthians 12:7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” -1 Corinthians 12 is about spiritual gifts. -According to 1 Corinthians 12:7, our gifts are for two purposes: (1.)To “manifest” or reveal who God is. *God wants to show who he is through our gifts. (2.)To benefit (to profit withal) others. *Our gifts our to help others; NOT for us to shine.
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” How Do We Handle The “Treasure/$” God Gives Us? Matthew 25:14-30 -VS.15 The master gave his “servants” money according to their abilities. *God gives us money according to our ability to handle it. *Our prayer should be for more ability; NOT more money. -VS.16-18 Two servants doubled their money and the other servant buried his money. *The ones who doubled their money were able to work in the absence of the master. *My boss shouldn’t have to look over me for me to do a good job.
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” How Do We Handle The “Treasure/$” God Gives Us? Matthew 25:14-30 -VS.19 The master returned after a long time. *Anybody can work in the absence of the boss for a day. *Working in the absence of the boss for a long time requires discipline. #Stewardship with money requires DISCIPLINE! -VS. 20-23 Those who doubled the money were entrusted with more. *More requires the maximization of what we currently have.
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” How Do We Handle The “Treasure/$” God Gives Us? Matthew 25:14-30 -VS.24-25 The last man made an excuse to the master that he buried his money which revealed his distrust with how the master would use the money that the servant “potentially” worked to trade. *We do the same when we withhold our treasure because we don’t trust the motives of the church. -VS.26-30 The master calls the 3rd man a wicked and slothful “SERVANT.” *It is possible to be servants of God and still be considered to be wicked and slothful at the same time.
Ownership vs. Possession:“A Lesson On Stewardship” How Do We Handle The “Treasure/$” God Gives Us? Matthew 25:14-30 -VS.26-30 The master takes the money from the wicked and slothful servant and gives it to the one who’s produced 5 more talents. *God would rather give those who’ve got a mind to produce “MORE,” than give “MORE” to those who fail to maximize what they already have. *MONEY IS TO BE INVESTED; NOT WASTED!