Sermons On Stewardship

Jesus' Sermons on Stewardship

Jesus taught many sermons on stewardship and prosperity. When studying them, have you ever read a Scripture and then read it again later but saw something in it that you didn't see the first time? That happens to me a lot. I have read Joshua 1:8 countless times, but recently while studying Jesus' sermons on stewardship, I saw something new.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

I understand that this is part of God's covenant with Israel. Joshua was instructing the people regarding the importance of keeping the Covenant. It's clear from this verse that prosperity results from meditating on God's Word and doing what it says to do. I also understand that all of God's Word is His Law. And God's promises in His Word (The Bible) are for every born again Christian. We too have a Covenant with God that is based upon better promises.

Now take take a closer look at this verse. Notice how often this Scripture says "YOU". YOU shall meditate in it day and night, that YOU may observe to do all that is written in it. For then YOU will make your way prosperous and then YOU will have good success. In many ways, this could be considered a sermon on stewardship.

The new revelation here is that YOU have an active role in bringing about your own prosperity. If it is to be, it's up to me. In other words, you are the one that has the responsibility to "meditate", to "observe" to "do" what is written, and it's you that will make your own way prosperous.

It's a sermon on stewardship, but laced with BIG relevance for prosperity. As a Christian, there can be a tendency to rely so much on God to come thru for you that you may miss your role in bringing about your own prosperity. The Covenant is a two party agreement! You and God each have a part to perform. How's that for a new revelation?

I remember a few years ago, my wife and I were teaching a financial education seminar at a Church. During the seminar one of the attendees, who was going thru a foreclosure at the time, indicated that she felt it unnecessary to gain an understanding of budgeting principles, debt elimination techniques, or credit management tools.

Her reasoning was that God would take care of her and meet her needs. While this is true, it's also true that we each have a role to play in bringing about our own prosperity. Faith is an action word. Faith without works it's dead. Not only are we to exercise faith in Gods promises regarding our finances, but we should also be good stewards of what is entrusted to us. Part of good stewardship includes gaining an understanding of how to properly management your finances.

We are each entrusted with resources according to our ability. However, God expects us to increase what He gives us to manage. The more we demonstrate our faithfulness, the more we are entrusted with to manage.

Remember Jesus' parable about the talents (money) ? It's one of His sermons on Stewardship.

Matthew 25:14-30

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.

His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

"Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'

"But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

First of all Jesus said that this parable is like the Kingdom of Heaven. So it's an illustration of how his Kingdom works and what He expects of His followers. Notice that He said that the servant with the one talent should have at least deposited his money with bankers so he could have received interest on his money.

This is an indication that the servant was expected to have some level of understanding of money management techniques. He was expected to use some degree of financial understanding to increase what was entrusted to him. To not do so, was considered as being lazy!

Likewise, we have to gain an understanding of how to properly manage the resources entrusted to us for the Kingdom. We have an active role to play in being good stewards and bringing about our own prosperity according to God's plan.

Start now. Take an active role in managing what has been entrusted to you by increasing your financial literacy and learning to be a good steward for the Kingdom. So when you increase, you will be given more to manage and hear those words "well done, good and faithful servant".

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