When you hear the word stewardship, what comes to mind? For most Christians, the first and last thing they think about is money, money, money! Today we are going to take a look at “Gospel-saturated” stewardship that goes far above and beyond our treasure.
It is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
(1 Corinthians 4:2)
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)
Gospel-saturated stewardship goes far beyond our wallets. It encompasses every aspect of our walk with Jesus. We are called to steward not only our time, talent, and treasure, but also our energy, health, families, marriages, opportunities, challenges, careers, and callings. Everything we have been given is a gift from God (Romans 11:36), and we are called to steward those gifts properly. We own nothing, and we are called to manage everything in a way that brings honor and glory to the One who has given us everything.
So . . . how are you doing in the aspect of stewardship? Has your concept of stewardship been confined to only a few areas in life?
Gospel-saturated stewardship is a gracious response to the Good News of the Gospel in everything we do with every aspect of life. Paul wrote, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11). This kind of stewardship even regards pain, difficulty, and suffering as opportunities to graciously respond to the grace we have been given through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Everything comes to us by way of grace, and in everything we are to point back to the One who has given it to us. Our goal must be to expand the cause of the kingdom of Christ and not our own little kingdom. We have been called by God to steward our gifts in such a way that they will be used by God for the building of the Church and making visible the invisible rule of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
One of the most gracious responses to the grace that has been given to you is to reflect this grace to others . . . all others. It is easy to reflect God’s grace to those we like or are like us. But what about those we don’t like or who are totally unlike us?
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. (James 2:8-9)
Gospel-saturated stewardship is displayed in love simply because it has been loved. This love is not dependent upon the neighbor or the circumstance. It is solely dependent upon God and the grace He has showered upon us that empowers this kind of love, remembering that whatever grace we steward in the lives of others is but a dim reflection of the grace that has been showered upon us.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!