A Life of Stewardship
Leverage Your Assets for God’s Kingdom
Recognizing that all you have has been entrusted to you by God frees you up to use them for God’s purposes.
When you enter military training, you are being trained to steward well the protection of your country against all enemies. You steward many things that do not belong to you. You wear a uniform with the country’s flag, you help train others that are commissioned by our government, and you train to steward the peace of your country. In the same way, all that you have belongs to God.
If we are going to live in submission to God’s will for our lives, we must recognize that God owns all that we have.
“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
This command comes at the end of two stories Jesus told. One was about a man building a tower, but did not count the cost of finishing it. All who saw the unfinished tower mocked him. The second story was about a king going out to war. The king determined if he had enough men to win the battle before he began the battle. If he did not, he would seek for peace.
Jesus was teaching that we must count the cost of being a disciple. The goal of being a disciple is to become mature in Christ and accomplish His will for our lives. If we are going to pursue that goal, it requires us giving everything to God. He has the authority to direct everything we have, we are stewards who carry out God’s will with all our resources.
Three areas of Stewardship
Your Body belongs to God.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
If your body belongs to God, what does He want you to do with it?
How can you honor God with your body?
Your Possessions belong to God.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’” Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:13-21
What do I rely on for my personal security?
How can I be rich toward God?
Your Message belongs to God.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” – 2 Timothy 2:2
Do I view God’s Word as a great treasure?
How can I pass on the message I have received from God?
God gives you things for you to enjoy and the best way to enjoy them is to use them for God’s purposes. Then you are joining God in His character and His amazing journey.
- Head – I understand that everything I have is from God and He is the true owner.
- Heart – I desire to leverage what I have for the glory of God and the benefit of others.
- Hand – I will thank God for all that I have and prayerfully seek to use it for His glory. I will give generously, take care of my body, and share His message of love with others.
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Dr. Preston is the national director of Valor, Cru’s ministry to cadets, midshipmen, and veterans on college campuses. He is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies Corps of Cadets class of 1988. For twenty-five years, he has helped prepare men and women to be on mission in the military and beyond. David and his wife, Laura, live in College Station, TX.