Meaning Of Christian Stewardship
What's the meaning of Christian Stewardship?
Understanding the meaning of Christian Stewardship is an important part of being a good steward. Why ? Because by exercising Biblical principles of stewardship, you will be entrusted with more to manage. Remember, he that is faithful over little will be made ruler over much!
I was recently reading a book entitled "The Purpose of Prosperity" by Fredrick K.C. Price. It's an interesting book that explores why God desires prosperity for His people. One of the Biblical principles he discusses is the principle of stewardship.
Dr. Price clearly demonstrates the meaning of Christian Stewardship in Jesus' parable about the Good Samaritan. Like me, you've probably read this parable a million times. But this time I saw a greater revelation of the true meaning of Christian Stewardship that I believe is very important to understand when managing the financial resources God has entrusted to you.
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and 'your neighbor as yourself. And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor
Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.
So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him. Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
OK, basically, this guy was beaten and robbed by thieves. Later, three men had the opportunity to help him (A Priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan). It's interesting to note, they all had a different philosophy or approach to dealing with the man.
The thieves' philosophy was "What is yours is mine, and I'm taking it. " They left the poor man half dead.
The philosophy of the Priest and the Levites was "What s mine is mine, and I don't intend to share it with anyone."
But notice the compassion of the Samaritan. He saw a man in need and went to his aid. The philosophy of the Samaritan was "What is mine is yours and if you need it here it is."
What really stuck out for me when reading the parable this time is the last verse in which Jesus instructed the LAWYER: "go and do likewise". That verse just rings out with instruction and insight.
I believe that we are each to take an inventory of what we have been entrusted with and use it to help others. You may have been entrusted with wealth, skills, a gifting, or even a position of influence. But whatever it is, the purpose is to use it for God's Glory. It's to be used to demonstrate the Love of God. I believe this is the Biblical principle behind the meaning of Christian Stewardship.
We are entrusted with more, to reveal and introduce others to the Love of God, so they will come to know Him.
So the question for you is which philosophy is yours, the thieves , the Priest and Levite's, or the Samaritan's ? Obviously, God wants us to operate with compassion like the Samaritan. He wants us to care about those who are lost, suffering, and in need of the compassion of Jesus.
He also wants us to recognize that the resources we have are from Him and we are entrusted with these resources to do His will. Eventually, we will all have to give an accounting for how faithful we have been with what has been entrusted to us. Ultimately, this is the true meaning of Christian Stewardship.
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