Loren and I did the Crown Financial bible study when we first got married. The one thing that I pulled out of it that I always remember is that everything we have is God’s. We are merely stewards of what he has given us. It can be so easy to become wrapped up in the stuff of this world. We believe everything is ours and get worked up when something gets ruined. But when we realize that all of it really isn’t ours, we can loosen our grip on it. We are simply taking care of God’s stuff. He can bless us with more, or he can take it away. It is his to do with as he wishes.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care at all about what we have. God has entrusted it to us to take good care of it. But we shouldn’t hold on so tightly that we don’t know how to share, or get worked up when something accidentally gets damaged. We need to hold onto our material possessions lightly while still taking care of them. With this new mindset we can begin to become more content with what we possess. When we realize we “don’t deserve” it, that God blesses us and entrusts us with it, we will find a contentment.
If we are being a good steward of what God has given us we won’t be serving two masters. When we take ownership or possession of what we have it can become easy to hold back from helping others. A greedy spirit in essence is serving money. The bible says we cannot serve both God and money. In this life God will observe how we handle what he has given to us. If we handle it well, he will make us ruler over many things in Heaven. Now that my friend is the picture of ultimate contentment. Being in Heaven with our heavenly Father knowing he trusts us with all the riches laid up in Heaven, which of course will be so much more than we can comprehend!
Scripture to ponder:
Matthew 25:21- “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Matthew 6:24- “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Psalm 24:1- “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
Homework for the heart:
Read Matthew 25:15-26.
How did the stewards take care of what the lord entrusted to them?
What happened to the steward that was afraid and buried his portion? Did he posses a spirit of generosity? Or did he cling to what he had?
Imagine our Heavenly Father telling you “well done….I will make you ruler over many things…enter into Heaven.” Will that be worth all the times we have to battle our human nature when it comes to being a good steward?