The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)
Did you know that you have been given a trust account? Everything you have you have received from God – your gifts, your talents, your abilities, your relationships, your opportunities, your resources – EVERYTHING! All that you have is a gift from God, and it has all been entrusted to your care and management. The term for this is stewardship; a steward is one who oversees the affairs and assets of another. Because God owns it all, we are given the responsibility to steward and care for all we have received from Him.
David, who was inspired by the Spirit of God to write Psalm 24, knew this truth well. He understood that God owns everything, and that he, David, was simply the steward over whatever God had given to him. Here is the way for you and I to look at it: It was God’s before it was yours, and it will still be God’s after you are gone. God will simply loan all of it to someone else to steward for His glory and the good of human flourishing.
When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He entrusted all of His creation to their care. The first job for mankind was to manage and steward all that God had given to them, and that role Adam and Eve were privileged to live out has never been rescinded.
Even after the fall, we are still given the responsibility to take care of all God gives us. We are to treat everything we have as a trust, because God has entrusted it to our care. Here is an important point to keep in view: The wisdom of the world says, “If we don’t own it, we won’t take care of it!” But the Word of God says, “Because He owns it all, we must take the best possible care of it!” And the more we have been given, the more we are in debt to the One who gave it to us, and the more responsible and accountable we must be for how we care, manage, and steward it.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48)
How are you doing at managing the trust account God has given you? Are you using it all for God’s glory and the good of others to expand the cause of His kingdom? Do you need to make changes in any area of your life? The key to living as God’s steward is to live in the light of eternity and to see life from God’s perspective throughout the brief span of time we have been given on this side of the grave. When we do that, we can be assured that one day we will hear those two most remarkable words from our God: “Well done!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!