Faithful and Wise Steward
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?”Luke 12:42
Every day is a gift from God. How we use the 24 hours of each day is a matter of practicing sound stewardship. Heaven is keeping record of what we do during our daily routines, and everyone will be accountable for the gifts God has given. Jesus’ parables usually refer to the subject of stewardship. Generally speaking, we have time, talents and treasures to manage on this earth. As we are faithful in the little, we will be given more.
As we mature in our stewardship, we learn to value time. For example, people who are early morning risers accomplish much during the day. Our character is displayed by the way we honor God with our time. Today our phones have the ability to track our daily screen time. It has never been clearer how much time we waste on trivial things like social media and video games. The average person wastes so much valuable time. It is now normal to see family members engaging with media content while at the dinner table. A good steward of time is very conscious of these traps.
According to the scientific community, the average person has the capacity for multiple intelligences. Indeed, we all have very unique talents to develop and share. Typically, people who invest time to develop their talents often find ways to share them for the benefit of the community. In the parable of the talents, Jesus tells us that the individual with more talents invested very well and produced more. Later, he was even rewarded with the talent of an unfaithful steward. Therefore, heaven rewards those who honor God with their talents.
The Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Our perspective on our financial treasure defines our spirituality. Money is an exchange to acquire needs and wants, and how we use our money is an indicator of spiritual health. Jesus spoke much on financial stewardship. It is worth noting that the mismanagement of money is now the second most common reason why married people divorce. Money management is a struggle for even the nicest of people. Bad money habits can lead people to despair and eventual ruin. A good steward of money follows Godly principles. If you are a daily reader of Proverbs, you will find insightful principles on how to manage your money.
It is all about honoring God with the way you use your time, talents, and treasures. As you read your Bible and apply Kingdom principles, your life will be meaningful and filled with His purpose.
By Pastor Jorge Cardenas