Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. (1 Corinthians 4:1, NASB)
while back I came across this interesting observation: before the year 1800, no
product, no message, no idea could travel faster than a horse. Think about that
for a moment. Geographic separation was an impenetrable barrier to quick
communication. For we who enjoy instant communication with nearly anyone in the
world, such a severe limitation is almost unimaginable. Cell phones, email,
internet, jet planes – geographic separation is no longer an insoluble problem.
But this has been reality for only a few seconds of our race’s history.
what it was like for business owners in biblical times. Unless the owner lived
within daily travel distance of his business – a handful of miles either by
foot or by animal — he had to have someone on site to run his business for
him. Travel and communication were too slow to allow the owner to have any say
in the daily decisions. Absentee owners were common. They had to rely on a
manager, a steward, someone they trusted completely to run their business as
they wanted it run. The steward made all daily decisions on behalf of the
owner. He was to best use the owner’s resources for the owner’s good.
is the biblical concept of stewardship. God, the source of all that is, has
entrusted some small portion of His property to us, His stewards. We are to
manage His property as He would manage it.
that reason, we must know God personally, thoroughly, intimately. How can we
manage His property as He would manage it unless we know what is important to
business owner wants his or her precious resources wasted, and God is no
different. But if you think penny-pinching and financial profit are the
ultimate in biblical stewardship, you don’t know your Boss. He created all the
physical universe with a word, out of nothing. He simply expressed His will,
and the universe appeared.
a Being never runs short of resources. He has no need for more money. He could
create such things with a word. If He needed them, He wouldn’t have to tell us.
what is important to God? As His stewards, managing His resources as He wants
them managed, we need to know. What does God want you to do with your
God never wants material things from us
for their own sake.
He can create those with a word.
When He lends to us and urges us to give of it,
He is teaching us to trust Him and
to share in His generosity.
He is drawing us into His love,
His freedom, and
He is drawing us into Himself.
Hymn: My Life Is Not My Own