Commitment Series #2

STEWARDSHIP


“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)


All of us have been given talents, time and treasure. Good stewardship is the result of a commitment to self-discipline in all these God-given blessings. In Matthew 6, Jesus speaks of the 3 disciplines of giving, praying and fasting. In each of these He says, ‘when.’ When you give, when you pray and when you fast. He does not say ‘if’ but ‘when,’ indicating to us that these are disciplines that we must commit ourselves to if we are to be a disciple of Christ. 


Time is the most valuable thing we have. We should make the most of it and not waste our time on things that do not matter. While social media and the internet can be a force for good, they can also become the greatest thieves of our time. To be a good steward of your time is to spend it doing good things that will improve your relationship with God and others. 


The talents with which God has blessed us should be used to bring glory to God. To show good stewardship as a singer, a musician, a teacher, a bus worker, etc., is to commit ourselves to being the best we can be and then give our talent to God for the benefit of His Kingdom. 


Treasure represents our finances. To be a good steward is to first give God what belongs to Him. Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:” We obey this scripture when we give God the tithe of our income. The tithe is ten percent of our gross income before anything else is paid. After our tithe, we give God a love offering. Finally, to be a good steward of your financial blessings is to use spend your money wisely and not to waste it.


Pastor Jonathan Shoemake