The discipline of stewardship is not easy, but if we would take this discipline seriously, it would produce a life of contentment and relieve a lot of anxiety and fear.
Stewardship is not just about money. Think for a moment: What events have produced the greatest stress in your life today? This week? This year? Would it happen to involve feelings of being overloaded with responsibilities at home, work, school, church, or maybe even all of the above?
Having a hard time paying all your bills on time? Running late for appointments and simply not having enough hours in the day? Facing some sort of unexpected financial emergency (medical or repair)? Not getting enough rest or sleep? Not having enough cash before your next paycheck?
Each of these items that can cause the majority of our stress and anxiety all have to do with the day-to-day issues involving two things.
Both, if working in your favor, are great servants…but they are both terrible masters.
Time: The heart of a disciplined spiritual life is the Discipline of time. The more scarce something is, the more valuable it is. Those expensive diamonds would be worthless if you could pick them up like rocks on the side of the road. Time is the same. 24 hours in a day, and when those hours are gone, we don’t get them back. Time wouldn’t be so precious if we never pass away, but we will, all of us.
Money: The disciplined use of money requires that we manage it in such a way that our needs and those of our family are met. In fact, the Bible actually condemns any Christian who fails to care for the physical needs of their family because of financial irresponsibility, laziness, or waste.
1 Timothy 5:8 – “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
In 1 Corinthians 10:26 Paul states that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” What does that mean for us? Everything we own belongs to God. This means we are now owners, we are managers (stewards) of those things God has given to us. This means every time, and every minute.
We wake up to start a new day…that is a gift from God for us to manage. We have a job that earns an income…this is a gift from God for us to steward.
Be intentional with your time, your calendar, the hours you are given. Be intentional with the money God has given you as your provision. Stewardship simply means management of God’s belongings.
Look back at your calendar. Take a look at your checkbook. They will speak loudly on what you value and how you are managing these two important gifts of God.