Managing Your Resources (Part 1 of 2)
Stewardship is glorifying God with your entire life. Everything you have you’ve received from Him (1 Corinthians 4:7). Faithful stewards manage their resources to benefit God and others. Everything you do is to bring glory to God, not yourself (1 Corinthians 10:31).
God expects your life to overflow with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7). God’s gracious work is invisible to the self-absorbed. To the admiring worshipper, it’s everywhere. Words of thanksgiving should flow from your lips as you observe God’s abundant goodness. “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song” (Psalm 95:2). Giving thanks in all circumstances glorifies Him. It shows you trust Him even when you don’t understand His actions or timing. (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Review each day at its conclusion and give thanks for at least five of its blessings.
You’ll have to give an account of how you use the talents and spiritual gifts God has given you. You’re either a minister or an equipper of ministers (Ephesians 4:11–12). You have at least one gift to be used to minister to others (1 Peter 4:10). Equippers help you identify your spiritual gifts, temperament and spiritual passion and deploy them in fruitful ministry. Search “Church Effectiveness Nuggets: Volume 24” for a spiritual gifts inventory.
You’ll have to give an account of how you used your time. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5). You use your time wisely when you work on overcoming what isn’t like Christ in you, love God with all your being, and love your neighbor as yourself. How are you taking advantage of the opportunities your church provides to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ? What daily time slot do you devote to God’s word and prayer? How are you using your time to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness?
Your resources include your body, training, positions, skills, wisdom, the Holy Spirit, God’s word, your family, your possessions, your influence, your knowledge, your words, your relationships and your freedom. God is the pie plate of your life, not just a single slice of pie. All of life, not just part of it, is to glorify Him. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #stewardship
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