“‘Well done, good and faithful servant… Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matt 25:21 NIV) What’s in the middle of that verse? You know, the ellipsis (…)? Answering this question sums up the content of this post about practicing Biblical stewardship. It isn’t just about the cliché time, talents and treasure.
“You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”
Stewardship is honoring God and holding ourselves accountable for the human, financial and natural resources entrusted to our care.
God blesses us with authority in His future Kingdom when we are responsible stewards in this life.
Problem: Modus Operandi of the Flesh
I am becoming more of a preparer for potential problems. I need to discipline how I use my time better. My flesh’s modus operandi is to fly by the seat of my pants and “wing it.” I am frequently guilty in this area of my life, whether it be ministry tasks or date nights with my wife or children.
Do you have problems “Winging it?”
How to Fix: Choosing to Act Different
The Boy Scouts of America have a motto: “Be Prepared.” I’ve heard that phrase since I was eleven years old, and have only recently begun acting on it.
Winter has struck the Boise, Idaho area where I live! The snow is really treacherous here right now. Our school district has had six consecutive snow days the past few weeks. Last week, I bought four cases of 24 bottle waters each at our local grocery store. Each person in our family now has enough water to drink for three bottles per day for four days. The cases are at such a great price at the store right now! I figured I’d stock up and store them in the event our Winter weather situation gets worse and our pipes freeze. In addition, our roof had ice dams on them, and I took care of that too! Filling leggings or pantyhose with ice melt product and then laying them on our roof works wonders! Our vehicles have also been Winterized and prepared for the weather with new antifreeze and other items.
How Acting with Biblical Stewardship in Mind Affects My Work
My current job is in Oncology. I work with cancer patients at a local cancer clinic and hospital. One of my functions is helping Stage IV cancer patients prepare for the inevitable. I walk them through completing their Advanced Directive. I help them determine who their Power of Attorney is and create their Living Will. This is vital especially since they won’t be able to take care of themselves or “wing it” when the moment comes. This is Biblical Stewardship.
How Acting with Biblical Stewardship in Mind Affects My Family
“Are you kidding me?” comes to mind. Of course preparation ahead of time affects my family. In a big way. God called me to have pro-vision for my family. As Stu Weber put it, provision means:
“Looking ahead. Giving direction. Anticipating needs. Defining the destination. Riding ahead of the wagon on scout duty.” (Tender Warrior, pg 24)
He also says “A man must visualize ahead of time. Project. Think forward. Lift his eyes and chart the course ahead. Ask leading questions. Picture the future. Anticipate what the months and years may bring.” (Tender Warrior, 24). Look ahead. Watch out for my family. Provide direction. Bring order from out of the chaos. That’s what acting with Biblical stewardship with my family mind means.
“‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matt 25:21 NIV)