Stewardship Month: The Life of a Steward (Called to be the Church Series)

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The Life of a Steward

Acts 2:43-47

Isaiah 12:2-6

Matthew 6:25-34

 

Who is a steward? A person who manages another’s property or financial affairs. One who is in charge of the household of another. We are all stewards, for we manage the affairs of God.

What does the life of a steward look like?

Prayer

 

  1. Life of a Steward is a life of Thanksliving

Thanksliving is the practice of seeing abundance and celebrating it. Thanksliving is a way we remind ourselves of God’s great love for us and for all creation. It is a way to make our moments memorable by recognizing the gifts that God has given to us. The gift of being able to manage God’s affairs; the children we care for, the environment, the work of the church. Isaiah in chapter 12 speaks of how fortunate we are as steward to be free from fear. As stewards we do not have to fear because the Lord God is the source of our strength and our might. The Lord is our Saviour. We have unlimited access to God’s strength and might, it is like a well that we can joyfully draw from. We also have the freedom to share our testimonies of how the Lord has made a difference in our lives. That is how we can make his deeds known to the nations. As stewards we should talk well of our boss, God, so that the Lord’s name will be exalted.

  1. Life of a steward is a life of Trust

When one is working for someone, sometimes it is difficult to feel security in that job. In some work situations there is no job security and persons live in fear of losing their jobs, which has implications for living and lifestyle. Matthew 6:25-34 reminds the steward not to worry. You have job security with God. As a steward, you do not have to worry about what you are going to eat, the clothes you need. Just as the birds of the air are fed and the plants are decorated and glooming, God will take care of you. You have complete coverage, you have benefits, you have life insurance, paid in full at a premium that no one else could pay but Jesus. Your life, my life, our lives as stewards is not to worry about ourselves but instead to take care of God’s business. What does verse 33 of Matthew 6 say? Strive first for the Kingdom of God and all his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. If we take care of God’s business God will take care of ours.

  1. Life of a steward is a life of Togetherness and concern for others

Stewards live a UNITED life

A life Uplifted by God’s love and provision

A life Nurtured through worship

A life Inspired through scripture

A life Transformed through prayer

A life Empowered through spiritual relationships

A life Developed through service

What does Acts 2:44-47 say?

44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds[a] to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home[b] and ate their food with glad and generous[c] hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. 

What was the outcome? The Lord added to their number.

As stewards we have the ability by our lives to draw people to Christ, by our:

  • Thanksliving
  • Trust in God to take care of us as we take care of God’s business
  • Togetherness.

 

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord and we pray that the unity will one day be restored and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 Amen