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Owner or Steward?
March 3, 2009, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Some food for today

Nothing I have is mine, it’s all God’s. I’m not an owner, I’m a steward. God has blessed us with everything that we are, everything we have, everything we experience in this life. In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells us of the Parable of the Talents.

14 “For it will be like a man rgoing on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and udug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be ba hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 fFor to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place gthere will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

So in this parable the man who only had one talent responded with fear when the stewardship challenge was placed infront of him. He took the talent and instead of using it wisely he dug a hole and placed it there for safe keeping. He didn’t do anything! It’s easy to look at this and say to yourself. Oh yeah I wouldn’t have done that or maybe you’re someone who would have done the same thing! So how do we respond like the one talent servant?

9 common ways

1. Fear

So much of our decision-making is out of fear. We’re afraid to take risks because we don’t want to fail, or because we fear something else other than God.

2. Worry

Anxiety leads to decision-making paralysis. When we’re so consumed with “what if” scenarios that aren’t even in our control to begin with, we don’t accomplish anything.

3. Envy

Do you constantly compare yourself to other people? This leads to an inordinate amount of time focused on what you don’t have rather than on what you do have.

4. Debt

Perhaps the most obvious hole we dig is that of debt: buying on credit. We believe the lie that we can’t live without certain things that are really just luxuries.

5. Slim Margin

When we live paycheck to paycheck and don’t invest the time and energy to plan ahead, we end up with no margin. Not only can this lead to debt, but also it limits our ability to follow the Spirit’s leading when it comes to helping others in need in a timely way.

6. Laziness

Sometimes we find ourselves in a hole because we were content to sit in our chair while the rest of the world was moving and building. We dug through lack of digging. This includes not using your gifts to their fullest extent and settling for mediocrity.

7. Greed

If money is our god, and if our life’s goal is to get more, we elevate our stuff above Jesus. This pursuit and priority misalignment always leads to a collapse of some sort.

8. Excuses

If we find ourselves in a hole, rather than owning our sin and taking responsibility for our actions, we often make excuses and shift blame. “If it wasn’t for them…if my company hadn’t…if only they would…it’s their fault because…” Even if some of these are true, there’s rarely a circumstance in which we don’t have some personal responsibility. We need to own our part of the problem.

9. (Not) Giving

It runs counter-intuitive to our thinking, but we actually dig ourselves a hole by not giving our money away. We’ve been graciously blessed, and we’re called to follow suit by being gracious givers to our churches and to those around us in need.

The goal in this is not to avoid holes, but to be closer to Jesus and following his example of good, humble stewardship.


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My eldest brother sent me this random quote, think it’s helpful for point 9.

“He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Have u read the reason for God? I have it but it’s been sitting unread for months…

Comment by Ed

I just listened to a sermon by Mark Driscoll called Stewardship: God Gives. It’s really good! It tackles the same issues you’re talking about. Really good challenge just to remember that every breathe is borrowed…

Comment by Sam

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