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Today’s 333 Devotional: “T”
Looking at this subject of being a good steward, I found that a steward was the guardian of their master’s estate, which includes to a large degree managing their master’s finances. This is seen in the Greek word for “steward,” which is where we get our English word, “economics.”
And because the steward oversaw the master’s property, it was easy for him to use his master’s goods and money for his own purposes. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that God has given to every believer His own resources like life, talents, house, property, money, and the rest. And as such it is our responsibility as good stewards to use what God has given in His best interest.
The Apostle Peter said, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)
So, how has our stewardship been? Are we good stewards?
G. Campbell Morgan, who pastored in the early 1900’s at London’s Westminster Chapel told a story about a one of his sons concerning one of his prayers. His son said, “Dad, I like to hear you pray for the missionaries. But do you know what I was thinking when you were praying is that if I had your bank book, I would answer half of your prayers.”
What we must understand is that what we have is not our own. It has been given to us by God to use as good stewards to further His kingdom. Unfortunately, far too often we pray for God to use someone else to do what He has given to us.
If any of us claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, then nothing we have is truly ours to begin with, and in the end, it all belongs to God. And once we understand and remember that, then we should use the resources God gives us in a way that counts for all eternity.
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