Sturgeon Baptist Church
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Impacting The World For Jesus

Stewardship

 
 
 
Stewardship
 
 
Stewardship:  To act as a Steward

Steward:  (1) A person put in charge of the affairs of a large household or estate.               
               
               (2) one who acts as a supervisor or administrator, as of finances and
                    property, for another.  (Webster New World Dictionary)
 
As Christians we believe God has called us to be Stewards of His creation.  “ And
God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male
and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that
moveth upon the earth.” Gen 1:26-28 (KJV)
 
As a Christian and Steward of God, we must act in obedience, recognizing thatall
that we have and all that we are, belongs to Him.  One of the acts of obedience, is
with our finances, and how we use what he has allowed us to have.  One of the first
things we must do in obedience to Him, concerning finances, is tithe.  “Will a man
rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  In
tithes and offerings” Mal 3:8
 
A tithe is ten percent of your income and a offering is anything above that. The tithe
should go to the local church. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there
may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts,
if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
shall not be room enough to receive it “ Mal 3:10
 
As  Stewards acting in our stewardship, we not only tithe, we do it with the right
attitude.  “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”    2 Cor. 9:7
 
Being a good Steward not only requires our finances but our whole being. “ For an
• overseer, as God’s manager, must be blameless, not arrogant, not quick tempered,
not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, but hospitable, loving what is
good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, holding to the faithful message as
taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute
those who contradict it.    Titus 1:7-9 (HCSB)
 
God also gives us the time we have, and we should be good stewards of it.  ” You don’t
even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke
that appears for a little while, then vanishes.  Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills,
we will live and do this or that.”      James 4:14-15 (HCSB)
 
The Responsibility of Stewardship
God is our Master, and we are responsible to manage His affairs and possessions. 
Because we are His servants, all that we have is His.