The shocking truth about stewardship

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This Parchment post is a summary of my sermon note from a message preached by Pastor Sam Adeyemi at Daystar Christian Centre on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Enjoy!

Stewardship is one of the most important subjects in the Bible. A good chunk of the illustrations Jesus gave about life after death have to do with stewardship. He explained that stewardship will be the major factor to measure our success (Matthew 25:14-30). Every human being is called to play this role of steward. A steward is someone who manages another’s property or financial affairs, one who administers anything as an agent of another .

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

The first lesson in stewardship has to do with ownership. We need to be able to determine who owns what. A steward must never be confused about the issue of ownership. Once that happens, something is bound to go wrong. From my study of Scriptures I come to one conclusion: God owns everything (Genesis 1:1). God owns everything. The desire to own things outside God’s ownership brings a lot of problems in this world. There are some things we should handle only temporarily. When we begin to think that we own these things, we introduce permanence. And when God is ready to move us, He can’t. Some of us are holding on to things that God only wants us to touch and go. We even want to own people – we want to own our children, our spouses, etc. The desire to own changes the dynamics of the resources that God gives us and creates problems for us.

God owns everything. Man was only put here as a caretaker. HT @Sam_Adeyemi Click To Tweet

We also fall into the temptation of trying to own ourselves. We say things like “It’s my life, I can do anything with it” or “It’s my money; I can spend it however I like.” One of the things people are laying claim to is their body. People want to be able to do anything with their bodies. That makes sense. Doesn’t it? It sounds logical but not for you as a Christian (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). When we claim ownership of what belongs to God, we are likely to abuse the resources that God has committed to us (Luke 12:16-21).

The LORD owns the earth and all it contains, the world and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1

The one quality required in stewardship is faithfulness (Matthew 25:21). There are loads of people that are stranded right now and their problem is their stewardship. Some people are not demonstrating good stewardship in their current job because it is not their ideal job. They are only holding it until they get their desired job. How will you get your ideal job when you’re not faithful in the one you have now? (Genesis 39:5-6)

The earth is not man’s property. Man was only put here as a caretaker. When I exercise faith for landed property I understand that whoever has the title deed is only holding it on God’s behalf. The real owner has not changed (Haggai 2:8). All the resources of this world still belong to God (Psalm 50:11).

The desire to own things outside God's ownership creates problems for us. -@Sam_Adeyemi Click To Tweet

I pray for you today, the days of stagnation are over. Your days of promotion are here. This is the season that you will be remembered for good. For every measure of faithfulness that has been overlooked in your life, today is your day of reward; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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