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Today we continue with our series on stewardship. Christian stewardship begins with the recognition that life is a gift from God. All that we are and all that we have, our lives, intelligence, vision, influence, time, money, talents, abilities, creativity, opportunity, resources and so much more are gifts we receive from God. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” Everything we have today comes from God. It is His; we own nothing. David said that "the world and everything in it" belongs to God (Psalm 89:11), “The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters” (Psalm 24:1-2), “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all that is in it” (Psalm 50:10-12).

God's claim of ownership in these passages is both obvious and comprehensive. God owns everyone and everything. An understanding of this, as well as a grasp of our relationship to him within the context, is essential to meaningful examination of stewardship. We are not the owner of the things in our lives; as stewards, we are merely the managers. The question we need to ask ourselves is what are we doing with what God has put in ours hands, how are we using the things God has given us, are we managing them for God's eternal purposes? As the owner of all, God expects of us to take care and faithfully manage firstly, our bodies. That's why Paul in 1 Corinthians says “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies”. Ensure that your body is nutritiously fed with balanced and adequate diet. Give your body a healthy exercise, feed your spirit with God's word and spend time in prayer and listening to God daily.

Secondly, we must be good stewards of the talents and abilities God has put and our care. Nobody is without a talent or gift from God (Matthew 25:14-30). Peter the apostle in his counsel to the church writes “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Thirdly, we must be good stewards of the time and opportunities God has given us. All of us have 168 hours a week and how we share this time with God, family, work, friends and self, determines our success in life.

Lastly, we must faithfully administrate money and other resources God brings our way. Money is one of those limited commodities in life that you never get enough. Money is important and can do a lot of good things but our appetite for it and the way we manage it can make or destroy our lives (1 Timothy 6:10). Money is a very good servant but an extremely dangerous master. To be entrusted with a role in God's kingdom is to be given the job of a steward. If the Owner (God) called you to give an account this day, what would the record say about your management? My prayer is that you will be found faithful, “His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' (Matthew 25:21).

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