In the day and age in which we live, it is so easy to get caught up in the thought that, “what’s mine,” is actually mine. If we live conceiving the notion that all we have that is in our possession is actually ours, it is so easy to think also, that we can do whatever we will with it.
Yet, noted author and speaker Dr. Myles Munroe constantly says, “If you don’t understand the purpose of a thing, abuse is inevitable. So, it stands to reason that things such as time, property, money, knowledge, and children can be victims of abuse because we don’t understand their purpose or that we are merely stewards of them.
- Time: Psalm 90:12 reminds us that our time is measured and limited. We must remember that since we don’t exactly know the amount of time God has given us to be stewards over, to value not just ours, but that of others God has placed in our lives. Time is a commodity that once gone, cannot be gotten back.
- Property: Psalm 24:1 and Matthew 25:14-30 reminds us that God owns it all; we are merely the stewards of anything we possess. As such, we should care for, protect, increase its worth, and even relinquish it back to Him when He ask, that His will be accomplished.
- Money: Haggai 2:8, Luke 16:13, and 1st Timothy 6:10 remind us that money is merely a tool and not to get in the way of us and God. He wants us, and wants us to remember that while we are blessed with it, it is only a means by which we are enabled to bless others.
- Knowledge: There is an old saying that, “A little knowledge in the hands of a fool is a dangerous thing.” This so very true. Matthew 7:6 reminds us that the true wisdom is to be guarded and valued, and not to be wasted on those who do not see the value in it. Yet 1st Corinthians 1:27 reminds us also that He’ll use simple things to remind us that we should not get too big headed because we’ve acquired knowledge and forget Him, the giver of it.
- Children: There is no greater gift than that of children. They are the vehicle by which we have continued value even after we no longer live, for we continue on through them. What we instill in them when they are young follows them through the years. Psalm 127:3-5 tells us the true worth of children and how we are to guide them into their own destiny. While Proverbs 18:22 tells us that our worth is measure by what we leave for them and the generations that follow.
As you ponder the things that you’re a steward of, keep in mind the true worth of the word steward. It is no light matter to be thought of as a steward, nor taken lightly to perform the duties of one. There was a time in aviation history where the word steward was not a dirty one. Seek to bring back its virtue once more by becoming a good steward.
QUESTION: What do you find most challenging as a steward?