Stewards Are Us

God’s GPS

The Bible is God’s GPS. He tells us when we go off track and how to get back on. Like a GPS, our desired destination is where we want our hearts to be. What kind of heart do we want to have?

This is David’s prayer, his desired destination, and it should also be ours:

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours, O Lord” (1 Chron. 29:11).

Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to Him and we are on earth. Like everything in heaven and earth, we are His possessions.

David said, “Everything belongs to God.”

I am a Steward, Not an Owner

We are not owners; we are stewards because: everything I have comes from God, everything I have belongs to God and everything is distributed by God.

David caught the heart of a steward. He made the transition from owner to steward. We are entrusted with something at God’s discretion. The issue is not how much we have; the real issue is how faithful are we going to be with what we have been given, big or small. God does not look at the amount. He looks at the faithfulness of what we do with what we have been given.

If we think that we own what God has entrusted to us, then our tendency is to hoard for ourselves. The mentality of an owner is to hoard for self but the mentality of a steward is to invest for somebody else.

The Ownership Mentality

God says the amount of things that you own has no correlation with the amount of life you’ll experience. The amount of things you have does not equal the amount of life that you will have. Your security must lie in the eternal God, regardless of what you have or don’t have.

A Steward’s Mentality

David had built an incredible kingdom in Israel. As he began to build the temple, God sent him this message: “You are not going to build a temple, David. There’s too much bloodshed on your hands. I want your son, Solomon, to build it.”

The neat thing about David’s heart is that instead of being discouraged by that, he said, “That’s fine. Because it is a huge monumental task, I will design it, organize it and collect everything necessary to build it.”

The incredible thing is that David spent the latter part of his life getting ready to build a temple that he never saw and never served in. He spent huge amounts of money and time to prepare for a temple he would never enter. Do you understand the heart of this man?

“Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart and King David also rejoiced greatly” (1 Chron. 29:9).

The people rejoiced, not only in the amount that was collected to prepare for the temple, but they also rejoiced because the hearts of the people were so willing.

Mentoring Leaders - From Owners to StewardsResults of Stewardship

They built such a wonderful temple because everybody’s hearts were so willing. They went from being owners and giving a little to the work of God to doing with all their ability. They got so excited because it all belonged to God anyway and they accomplished something really incredible.

It’s difficult to grasp the impact of what we can accomplish here if we switch our mentality from that of owners to stewards. Absolutely incredible things can  happen if we make that switch.

The Role of a Faithful Steward

1. Manages Another Person’s Property

We must be trustworthy because we are managing someone else’s possession. Otherwise, greed will take over and we’ll think we are owners. We are to manage everything that God has placed in our hands for a reason. We are a manager of His things.

2. Takes His Instructions from the Owner

You need to understand that God is saying, “I am not giving this to you for you to use for your own. I am entrusting it to you to be used for My purposes. If you do it well, I have so much more that I want to funnel through you. Remember, you are a steward and not an owner. If you will steward it correctly, then I will entrust to you more and I’ll say, ‘Well done.’”

3. Takes Joy in Making the Greatest Impact for Eternity

We are not owners; we are stewards. Just because it’s in our possession, it doesn’t mean it’s our possession. It still belongs to God. So you take your cue from what God wants to do with it, not what you want to do with it.

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