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Today we invite you to journey with us as we explore the whole subject of stewardship in our month's series. To recap what we have already established in the first three Sundays, the following quote by C.S Lewi's is worth of our consideration. “Every facility you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment is given to you by God. If you devoted every moment of your life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own.” C.S Lewis helps us to understand and appreciate that as stewards,

we don't own, but manage what belongs to another. Stewardship is therefore a privilege of working for God. Every worker must understand the vision and mission of the organization he/she works for in order to live and work according to the purpose for which that organization is established. We cannot be good stewards unless we understand the whole purpose of stewardship. Purpose is the reason for which something is done, created or for which something exist. The West Minister Catechism of the Church of England highlights this most profoundly by posing the question: what is the chief end of man? It answers by stating as follows:

“The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”. Stewardship therefore enjoins two people who are in a relationship of responsibility to one another. In the perspective of stewardship, God provides all that man requires for life, and in response God expects care and responsible usage of what has been entrusted to Him. God also expects man to derive pleasure, abundance and enjoyment from what God has made available. God sets out this principle of purpose right in his engagement with man at creation.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it Gen 2:23” Beyond the calling of man to be a worker or steward is the fact that he has also been entrusted with making sure that the land is preserved. The crisis of human stewardship came with our first ancestors when they decided to test the sovereignty of God by consuming the only fruit in the garden reserved exclusively for the creator. Both Adam and Eve rejected the principle of purposefulness by the illusion of sovereign possession of the Garden of Eden through exploitation, entitlement and destruction. By this willful choice, they frustrated the purpose of God in creation. From the foregoing, we establish the following as the purpose of stewardship.

1. Stewardship is a response to God's mission. When we exercise virtue in doing and serving God's purpose, His mission on earth is accomplished. We discover this principle in the life of Joseph, while in a position of authority in Egypt; he did not take revenge when his brothers came for help from their homeland. Through Joseph, God was establishing a relationship, a purpose that would serve him. He used his position and resources to further Gods mission. Do we use resources entrusted to us to serve God's mission or do we use our resources to hinder God's mission?

2. Stewardship is about sharing. Joseph was clearly in a position of abundance. He has led the Nation of Egypt into prosperity through his leadership and good stewardship. When his brothers visited Egypt in search of food, he richly shared and met their needs. When God entrusts resources in our hands, the same should serve God's purpose through sharing with the needy. Paul supported this claim in 1Timothy 6:17-18 by saying to the Church “be ready to share”. This highlights the nature and the purpose of why God places material resources to us. Giving back to God by blessing those that are needy completes God's purpose in entrusting stewardship of his creation to us. We do not share our resources for pride or self-preservation, but to the service of other people.

3. Stewardship is about building our faith in God. When we acknowledge that we are God's stewards, and that He will meet our needs, we demonstrate that faith by giving back to Christ in obedience to him. It takes faith when we trust God that He will meet our needs when we offer some of it back to him. When we learn this total dependence on God, through faithful giving, God invites us to draw the great resources from his treasury. In conclusion, let us endeavor to live according to God's purpose as his faithful stewards as we serve his purpose on earth

 

 

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