I asked my friend Brian Horvath to talk about how to gain perspective on personal biblical stewardship (defined below). He is not only passionate about the topic, he teaches it and he and his wife actually live it!
Many times people scratch their head and look at me funny when I mention biblical stewardship. What is it? What does it have to do with me? How do I incorporate it into my life? My hope in this guest post is that as leaders, we will understand what stewardship is and how vital it is to biblical living. I want to help you gain some perspective what the Bible calls STEWARDSHIP.
I believe it is most important to know that biblical stewardship does not have to be intimidating or even overwhelming. Simply put, stewardship means “managership” of God’s “ownership”. The Bible clearly states in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lords and everything in it. The world and all who live in it”. We, as believers in Jesus Christ, do not own anything but rather we are called to manage everything HE, the OWNER, chooses to give us for His ultimate glory and kingdom purposes
A terrific example of stewardship is outlined in the parable of the three servants found in Matthew 25. The three servants are asked to take possession of and manage their master’s talents (finances) for him while he is on a journey. The master has setup a trust with each of them according to their own abilities. The outcome of this story is for you not only to discover, but know that the principles found here apply to how we are called to steward or manage the gifts God gives us.
So, stewardship is managership…. ok…, but how do we know what things or gifts we are called to manage?. Stewardship is managership of these 3 things:
- Time – We are all given 1440 minutes in a day and 8760 hours in a year. Each of us, no matter who you are, has this resource to manage.
- Talents – God has given us all specific talents that are personal. God has designed each of us to use these to be a light to the world.
- Treasure – This is what we receive when we multiply Time and Talent. While treasure is often defined as money, we should include our relationships with family, friends, co-workers and such. That’s not all, be sure to remember the truth of God’s word (a 4th “T”) that gives us purpose through instruction, wisdom and assurance in Christ Jesus.
Time to gain some perspective: What do you think?
- Do you treat those 3 areas above as a manager or owner?
- What ways are you using stewardship to grow your leadership and lift others?
- What are some things that you can do to improve your leadership using the 3 areas listed above?
- Which of the 3 items listed do you believe needs your attention the most?
- What will be your first step?
- Ask a close friend to be honest with you about each of the 3 areas listed above.
Brian is the Stewardship Director at Grace Family Church. He discovered biblical financial principles after his bankruptcy filing over 10 years ago at the age of 25. In 2007, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University helped him understand stewardship and financial management, God’s way. Since that first class, God has used Brian and Grace Family Church to help over 1,500 families save over 1.5 MM in emergency funds, retire over 4.5 MM in debt while growing in their walk with Jesus Christ. Brian and his wife, Becky are on Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step #6 and paying of their home in 2014.
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