THE STEWARDSHIP OF OUR TREASURES

What is the true meaning of stewardship? The definition of stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. What do we hold most valuable in our lives? What are our treasure that we hold most dear? The definition of treasures are the somethings that we hold great value to us. This article will focus on how we should manage our treasure in our lives. If you believe God or something created man and the universe then you also have to conclude that the creator has the power over all that they or God created. Meaning that to main focus of this article is concerning how God wants us to manage all that He has created or given to us.

Let’s start with money since we all need this form of our treasure to survive in most cases. It is stated in the word of God in 1 Timothy 6:10… 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows... What the scripture is talking about is greed leads to all kinds of evil, such as marriage problems, robbery as well as blowups in partnerships. To master greed you must control it at its root. This means to get rid of your desire to be rich. To some this statement might be strange to say that it is a sin to be rich. Read the scripture carefully it states ‘the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, not have money or acquiring wealth. God doesn’t really have a problem with rich people, but God does have a problem with rich people who places money over all other things one would need to live by. A great example of this is stated in Luke 16:19-31… 19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell[a] from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead... In New Testament days the Pharisees considered wealth to be a proof of a person’s righteousness. Jesus startled them with this story where a diseased beggar is rewarded and a rich man is punished. The rich man did not go to hell because of his wealth but because he was selfish, refusing to feed or take care of Lazarus, the beggar. The rich man was hardheaded in spite of his great blessings. The amount of money we have is not as important as the way we use it. What is your attitude toward your money and possessions? Do you hoard them selfishly, or do you use them to help others? God wants us to manage our money wisely to help others and not just ourselves.

One last point about money. Many Christians don’t give a tenth of what they earn (or what is called the tithe) to the ministry of Christ or the church. According to Malachi 3:10… Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you 
such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it in this passage of scripture the storehouse was the place in the temple for storing grain and other food given as tithes. The priest lived off these gifts or tithes, much like the Christian church survives off the tithes we give today. Malachi, the prophet, was urging the people to stop holding back their tithes, to stop keeping from God what He deserved. The people during this period ignored God’s command to give the tithe of their income to God’s temple. They may have feared losing what they had worked so hard to get, but in this they misjudged God. In Luke 6:38… ‘Give, and it will be given to you…’ When we give we must remember that the blessings God promises are not always material and May not be experience completely here on earth, but we will certainly receive them in our future life with God. So as Christians we must give the tithe (which God commands us to give a tenth of our income) because at the end of the today it is all of God’s money anyway!!!

Next, I would think that our relationships with others would be another form of treasure we may need in our lives. Regarding our relationships we are talking about our marriages friendships, business partnerships, as well as co-workers relationship. The word of God has many references in the way we must treat others people, but the central one in the word of God is in Romans 12:9-13…Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality most of us have learned to pretend to love others – how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. We may even be skilled in pretending to feel moved with compassion when we hear of others’ needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to real and sincere love that goes far beyond pretense and politeness. Since love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money and personal involvement. We can honor others in one of two ways. One involves ulterior motives. We honor our bosses so they will reward us, our employees so they will work harder, the wealthy so they will contribute to our cause, the powerful so they will use their power for us not against us. God’s other way involves love. As Christians, we honor people because they have been created in God’s image, because they are our brothers and sister in Christ, and because that have a unique contribution to make to Christ’s church. Does God’s way of honoring others sound too difficult for your competitive nature? Why not try outdo one another in honor? Put other first!!! Christian hospitality differs from social entertaining. Entertaining focuses on the host- the home must be spotless, the food must be well prepared and abundant, and the host must appear relaxed and good-natured. Hospitality, by contrast, focuses on the guest. Their needs- whether for a place to stay, nourishing food, a listening ear, or acceptance – are the primary concern. Hospitality can happen in a messy home. It can happen around a dinner table where the main dish is canned soup. It can happen while the host and the guest are doing chores together. Don’t hesitate to offer hospitality just because you are too tired, too busy, or not wealthy enough to entertain.

Being a good steward with what God has given us means that whatever you may hold as valuable, God may require you to change what is valuable to you. No greater passage of scripture is this illustrated that in Luke 12:16-21… 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ The rich man in Jesus’ story died before he could begin to use what was stored in his big barns. Planning for retirement – preparing for life before death – is wise, but neglecting life after death is disastrous. If you accumulate wealth only to enrich yourself, with no concern for helping others, you will enter eternity empty-handed. Essentially this means you take what of value with to your grave. Regardless whether you are a Christian or not you should be more concern on you treat or help others than what you may want to do with your treasures. I have submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”.

What do you think? Your comments are welcome!!!

Written by Kofi Baruti