Items For Prayer And Praise

By Lois J. Stucky

    Stewardship is not an appealing topic to many.  We trust that if you are one of the “many,” you will not cast this issue aside. Rethinking your stewardship can add joy and peace and reward to your Christian life.

    To be reminded and to accept the fact that all that we are and all that we have, have come from God and belong to Him and that we are only stewards – takes away a driving spirit of competitiveness.  We aren’t jealous of others who have more in the way of talents or possessions.  We are content with what God has entrusted to us and we concentrate on making the best use of it.  We don’t laboriously strive to keep up with others, but rather, we seek to be faithful to what God calls us to do.  We aren’t discouraged and give up because of what we do not have, but are thankful for what God has given us and endeavor to use it the way He wants us to.  These are attitudes that bring joy and peace into our lives.

    Rethinking our stewardship should cut from our lives carelessness and selfishness.  And this has benefits that will reach far into eternity.  We are accountable to God, whether we recognize and accept our stewardship or not.  Better that we give it careful attention!

    Truly we are blessed to be able to commit our lives with all that we are and have to our God.  He is infinitely wise and good.  He places in our lives the “raw materials” we need for filling the place in life He has lovingly planned for us.  If we faithfully develop and use what He gives, He will have gracious reward for us in the future, and in the present there is the reward of being useful.  That is a fulfillment the human heart seeks.

    “Little is much if God is in it,” someone has said.  The secret is in having God in our lives as fully as possible.  “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:17).  Then a smile, a word of comfort, a cup of cold water – even the humblest things will carry blessing, as well as the larger ministries given to some.

Stewardship of the Gospel

    Our stewardship is not only a good indication to our Lord of our devotion and our surrender to Him, but He has ordained that it play a vital part in the ongoing to His work on earth.  Here is the great reason for our carefulness about stewardship.  God’s people are stewards of the treasure of the Gospel.  To think, we have been put in trust with the message that preaches eternal life and eternal damnation!  Carefulness or carelessness here has exceedingly many souls.  How faithful we need to be!

    If we think God asks much in asking for faithful stewardship, we should remember there are men and women around the world this hour who are making the supreme gift by laying down their lives for His sake.  Who but the Lord can measure the worth of such a gift?  Such giving should inspire us if ever we grow weary in our well doing.