The definition of “stewardship” according to Webster’s Dictionary is: “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”. The question that we all must ask ourselves is this: “Am I being a good steward (or manager) of what has been entrusted to me?” When you study the creation account found in Genesis chapter 1 & 2 you will find that man was not present while God was creating. God created the provision, and then created man and place man in the middle of what God had already created. It is recorded in Genesis 2:15 that the Lord took man and put him into the garden of Eden “to dress it, and to keep it”.
We have time, talents, and treasures that have been given to us to be good stewards of.
What are you doing with your time?
We have all made the statement “I just wish there was more hours in the day to get everything done that I need to get done”. The truth of the matter is that we do have enough hours in the day to accomplish what we need to accomplish. The issue is we have not learned how to be a good steward of our time. It is not that we don’t have enough time, we have not learned to prioritize our time. We often get caught up in doing things that are urgent, but not important. We allow distractions to interrupt us, and as a result we have run out of time. Once this moment is gone it is forever gone. In order to accomplish what you need to accomplish you need to learn to prioritize your time. Make a list of things to get done, and then focus on getting them done. Turn off the distractions! Silence your notifications, tv, radio, etc., and focus on the task at hand. When you prioritize things you will find that you are able to get them done in a timely manner.
Don’t waste your talents!
You have gifting’s, talents, and abilities – don’t waste them on frivolous things. Maximize the talent’s you have in “keeping and dressing” the resources you have. Use your skills to increase your productivity. Use your abilities to capitalize on the opportunities that become available to you. You were given the skills, talents, and abilities in order to fulfill your purpose in life. You were not created to just exist. You were created for a purpose! Find your purpose, and allow your talents to take you to places you never dreamed you could go!
Can you be trusted with Treasure?
When we think of treasure, typically the first thing to come to mind is money. I often say that there are two things God has entrusted us with that does not belong to us, but we are to be good stewards of these two things. Those two things are: TIME & MONEY! We must learn to be faithful with little if we ever want to be trusted with much. Some say money is evil! Wrong! The Bible says the “love of money is the root of all evil” – 1 Timothy 6:10.
Money in and of itself is not evil, but it becomes evil when we love it so much we will do anything to get it. There is nothing wrong with having money. You need money to live, and provide for yourself and your family. However, the majority of people today have no clue what it means to be a good steward of treasure (money). Dave Ramsey often says “We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like”. Rachel Cruze says in her latest book “Love Your Life Not Theirs” that debt is the biggest liar there is. Debt convinces us that we can buy whatever we want, whenever we want it. Proverbs 22:7 says “…the borrower is servant to the lender.”
What does good stewardship with my money look like? If you want to handle money God’s way it looks like this:
1. Give the tithe (10% of your income) back to God.
2. Give some kind of offering above and beyond the tithe.
3. Pay your taxes.
4. Save (retirement, college for kids, vacation, emergencies, etc.)
5. Live on less than you make.
6. Avoid debt.
It is amazing how that stewardship of time, talent, and treasure are so intertwined. You and I have been given the task to be responsible managers of what God has blessed us with. We cannot afford to take this lightly. Start being a good steward by getting organized. Make a list of priorities for your time. Make a budget for your finances. You can do this! Someday I want to hear the words “well done thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).