“Let your manner of life be without love of money, being satisfied with your present circumstances. For He himself has said, and the statement is on record, I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold you. I will not, I will not, I will not let you down. So that, being of good courage, we are saying, The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What shall man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5–6, WUESTNT)
Sustainable Stewardship is about a life of love; well lived in faith for God. It is a mark of love for God that we are faithful stewards of His blessings. As the song says, “This is my Father’s World!” “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” (Psalm 24:1, NLT)
God has entrusted to each of us resources to manage for His glory. Make a list or spreadsheet of the resources you have been trusted with. Include your mind, talents, skills and such as a resource. God gave you your mind for example. Don’t limit yourself to money.
Think of yourself as one of the stewards in Matthew 25. Each was delegated a different amount to manage for his employer. Two of them went to work and doubled what they had been entrusted with. One did nothing; paralyzed by fear and slothfulness, he wasn’t willing to take a calculated risk. The first two were promoted, sustained and given more responsibilities. The fearful man was dismissed.
God’s gives you a brain, what you do with it is stewardship. Dedicate your mind to Christ, develop your mind through education, thoughts, renew your mind by meditating on Scripture, rest your mind with sleep and recreation and you’ll be surprised at the ideas that will begin to flow to you. Capture those ideas in a journal, notepad or digital recorder. Those ideas could be an answer to yours and other’s prayers and the value of those ideas are limitless as they are developed.
God blesses obedient work with prosperity, success and fruitfulness. The disciples, were also fishermen, they had their own small business. They worked all night without success but when they obeyed Christ they were blessed with good success and so were their business partners.
“Simon answered, “Teacher, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll lower the nets.” After the men had done this, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. Their partners came and filled both boats until the boats nearly sank.” (Luke 5:5–7, GW)
- Work faithfully.
- Manage responsibly.
- Develop your mind.
- Capture your ideas.
- Follow Biblical principles of stewardship.
- Success is the result of grace and God’s blessings.
- God blesses us with more than enough to enjoy personally.
- God blesses us with more than enough to share with those in need.
- Don’t lose what you have to fear, slothfulness or any other sin. Use your resources for the glory of God and enjoy the abundance He provides.
- God will sustain you and your family!
Grace and Peace!