November 16, 2014
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30

A steward is someone to whose care the management of the household is committed, like Joseph in Potiphar's house. The Bible is littered with examples of stewards: Luke 12:35-38 (faithful steward), Luke 16:1-8 (unfaithful stewards), parable of the talents and the parable of the pounds.

God will ask you what you did with the children, marriage, talents, resources He gave you. What have you done with the Holy Spirit in you? Are you aware of the gifts and abilities you have as a result of the presence of the Holy Spirit?

Matthew 25:28-29 tells us what God will do with people who do not use their God-given abilities.

There are a few things we can learn from Matthew:

  • The master divided his great fortune among his three dependable servants.
  • The master was counting on them to manage the fortune well.
  • He demanded an account of how well they managed the fortune

Are you trustworthy enough to be trusted with a fortune? Faithful men recognise the value of what has been given to them and they manage it well. Don't see your stewardship as a burden, see it as an honour, a chance to glorify God. Be a good steward of your time. Perform all your God-given roles well (being a wife, husband, parent) and spend your spare time to do things that pleases God. Be faithful stewards of your body - don't resort to alcohol and drugs.

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