Stewards of God's GiftBro. David Chancellor
4/5/2009 6:00 PM
1 Peter 4:8-11
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Peter was admonishing them to love each other because when love is there, it’s easier to bear with others in the things that come. Be ready to be a help and not feel put-out about it. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." As we’ve received, we should be ready to minister to others. We want to be good stewards of God’s gift. We’re called to serve however God has given us the ability to serve. The abilities have to be developed to be used. Our abilities are given to be used for God’s purpose. Use what you have, whether it’s a lot or a little.
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more; 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. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, 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. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sawn, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
It wasn’t the amount that made the difference, but how it was used. What are you doing with what you’ve been given? By ourselves, we’re capable of nothing, but God gives us what we need to serve him. God is interested in what we choose to do with what God has given to us. God expects more from us than a profession of salvation for a lifetime. He expects us to live for him and work for him. He expects us to bring glory and honor to his name and to be profitable to his kingdom. Use your life to serve God’s cause and purpose. Stop and think about where you’re spending your time and energy. Put your God-given abilities to work. Our goal should be to use our lives to the purpose that God has for us. Work in the Master’s business. Start working now. Don’t wait for a "perfect" situation. Work with what you already have. Faithfulness makes use of what you already have. Use what you have. Be a faithful steward of what God has already put into your hands. Faithfulness is required all through life. God can work with what you have and supply what is needed; he just needs us to be faithful. Be ready and willing to move where God directs.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in yo, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We are God’s. The steward was someone who worked for someone else, and learned how to run things. It was like an apprenticeship. We’re God’s servants and there are benefits he provides to us. He invests in us and we need to live such as to bring glory to his name. Our whole being needs to be committed. There’s no time off from serving God. We’re to glorify him all the time. It’s an everyday service. Use what God has given you for his glory at all times.
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes, for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Jesus spoke to all, but he also knew it didn’t matter who it was spoken to, but how it was applied. Am I a faithful steward? Am I doing what God would have me to do? If we aren’t faithful to God, life will fly by and it will be too late. Make the most of the time and abilities you have to serve God. Be faithful to God. Make it a practice to serve God. It’s never too late to change, but it’s never too early to serve God. You won’t ever be a good steward following selfish ends. A selfish life is a miserable life. Pleasure is most often found in accomplishment. Good memories are found in being used for God. Spend your life being faithful to God. Be faithful in the few things and he’ll bless with many. Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have. Serve God with what you already have. Have God remove anything that would hinder. We want to do what will bring a "well done" from God. Be a good and faithful steward.