For the last couple of years, I have been on numerous mission trips to Haiti. Haiti is a country that is deeply impoverished. They lack many of the resources that we take for granted in America. Actually, it is on this topic of resources that I think we would do well to dwell on as we consider life as God’s stewards. My goal is not for you to feel guilty for having everything you have and attempt to get rid of all the possessions you have. You should, however, keep in mind Genesis 12:2-3. For God speaks to Abraham and says, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Indeed, you and I have received this blessing in that we have responded in faith and repentance to the gospel. We have been reconciled to God. It doesn’t just stop at us, though. We are called to bless just as we have been blessed. This includes the area of resources. Whether the resource is money, time, possessions, or anything else you can think of, God has entrusted us with it. He also expects us to do something with it. We see from Luke 12 that we must be prepared for action (v. 35) and be expecting the Lord’s return (v. 40). In other words, we must be awake (v. 38). What this means is we need to be living out the Word of God. We need to be using the resources God has entrusted to us. We will be held accountable for what God has entrusted to us (v. 48). As a result, we should be sure and share our resources with others rather than hoarding them ourselves. Just as Genesis 12 implies, we are blessed to bless. So, as we reflect on what it means to be stewards of God’s grace, may we be reminded God has entrusted some resources to us. Thus, let us think about the ways we can use our resources to further the kingdom of God and spread His glory to the nations.
- What are some resources (money, possessions, time, etc.) you can start using in the manner in which God has called you to based on the ‘blessed to bless’ concept?