I found the last sermon series (It All Goes Back in the Box) to be challenging and revealing for me in ways I never anticipated. I found myself wrestling with questions that I thought I had already formulated answers for! Questions like: Who really owns all my stuff? What am I putting my hope and security in? Where does my identity come from? These were certainly not previously unconsidered questions, nor where the biblical answer foreign to me; but it was a great reminder of the way God uses seasons of our lives to reveal “old truths” to us in new ways. He has certainly been growing me in my understanding of biblical stewardship—showing me what I’ve made it mean, and in turn, what it really means! Here is the foundational truth He’s reminded me of afresh:
God Owns Everything
I told you it wasn’t going to be a “new truth!” But don’t gloss over it quite so quickly. Think about it: God owns everything. I know I have many times referred to God as “Sovereign Lord,” but how much time have I spent dwelling on the reality of that, beyond a mere title? Psalm 24:1 makes a simple, yet profound declaration: “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” David was sure to be complete in his description; he certainly didn’t leave anything out! My struggle is not in affirming David’s statement—I can certainly give sincere lip-service in agreement. My struggle is in sincerely living in light of that reality, day-in and day-out.
These were some of the questions that I was challenged with:
- How many times have I talked about my paycheck and how I’m going to spend my money?
- How many times have I seen a need and sensed a pull to do something, but didn’t because it wasn’t convenient or easy?
- How often have I been frustrated with someone else because their agenda was impeding on my time?
- How much time and energy has been consumed obsessing over my house or my stuff?
- How often to do I wake up considering my plans for my day?
As I ponder those answers, I’m confronted with the reality that none of those things are a reflection of a life lived in light of the truth of Psalm 24:1. If God owns everything and I really believe that, the way I think and behave should be different. For starters, that means he is sovereign over my plans and my future (Jer. 29:11-13); he is sovereign over my ability to make wealth (Deut. 8:17-18); he is sovereign even over my failures (Rom. 8:28).
It is upon this truth that the Bible goes on to define our role are stewards, or managers. As such, he says we are accountable, and we are to be faithful and trustworthy (Matt. 25:14-29; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 4:1-2). Lord, forgive me for falling far short of what you’ve called me to!
God provides daily opportunities to grow in our understanding of what it really means to be his steward, truly living in light of reality of his sovereignty. I’m thankful for the firm, yet loving, reminders of that truth in my life!
Where has God been stretching you in your understanding of biblical stewardship? LEAVE A REPLY