When God leads us into fruitful and abundant places, we are to reflect back on God’s provision and his grace and generosity toward us in equipping and empowering us. For it is God who enables us, and we are in the position of stewards according to his purposes…
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…
I am reminded that stewardship is different from ownership. I am reminded that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). We think of ourselves as owners. We talk about our possessions as if we are owners. We refer to my stuff and your stuff. Sometimes we don’t like how people don’t respect our stuff. Our sharing of our stuff with others depends on our assessment of whether they will honour our stuff appropriately…
According to us. Because we see ourselves as owners.
Everything gets flipped onto its ear if we view ourselves as stewards. Stewards are responsible to care for things and ensure they are used for their purpose and mission. And I think that’s the bottom line here:
The purpose and mission of our wealth and possessions is not defined by us. In the kingdom of God, purpose and mission are defined by the Father.
This was true in the incarnation of Jesus, as our ultimate example, in which Jesus submitted fully to the Father’s purpose in sending him to earth. Jesus sacrificed his life for you and me because Jesus was a steward of his own precious life according to the Father’s purpose.
Our ability to generate wealth is granted by God. If we forget that truth, we seat ourselves as the table of ownership, we define purpose and mission on our own terms, and worst of all, we forget God and become proud.
May it never be.
As true as it was for Israel as they entered the promised land, in our own lives, when God leads us into fruitful and abundant places, we are to reflect back on God’s provision and his grace and generosity toward us in equipping and empowering us.
In all I do today, God, with everything you have granted for me to steward or accomplish, may you be glorified as I depend on you for my mission and purpose.