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Friday, November 20, 2015

Stewardship

Stewardshipan ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources - has been on my mind lately.  The Bible has a lot to say about being good stewards.

I Peter 4:10 says " As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."  God asks us to be good stewards of our gifts, our money, our work, our time. 

I read an article the other day that really spoke to me about being a good steward of our money.  I will admit, I have not always been the best when it comes to that part of my life.  It is so easy to get caught up in the material things of this world.  We are all human and have fleshly desires which include nice homes and new cars and lots of clothes and purses and jewelry.  We all want a big TV and fine leather furniture so we can sit on it in our cashmere sweaters and down blankets.  We want to take luxurious vacations with our new bathing suits and ski coats so we can eat expensive food and post about it on Facebook on our fancy iphones.  Our lives are so materialistic, that it's almost sickening when you really stop and think about it.   

When Jesus said to take up our cross daily and follow him, he didn't mean in all areas of your life except for your finances.  "Don't worry about that part.  Please do what you want with it."  No - he did not say that.  He meant in everything.  I don't want to live with guilt and regret that I did not take care of the resources that He has blessed me with all because I wanted some fancy new gadget or toy.  Tithing has become such an important part of my walk with Christ.  Even though it seems like a small thing to most people, it is one part of my life that I have strove to become more and more obedient with.  It has taken me months, years even, to really understand the importance of this.  First, I had to really get it in my mind that everything belongs to him.  I have nothing.  I brought nothing here and I take nothing out.  Everything belongs to God and he has trusted me to take care of them and give back to him what belongs to him while using the rest to bring glory and honor to his name.  He didn't give it to me to be selfish with and focus it all on me, me, and me.  

And the more I focus on the idea of stewardship, the happier I am knowing that I am doing what Christ wants me to do with the resources he has provided for me.  I am still not 100% where I should be and I doubt I will ever get there this side of Heaven, but the peace and contentment I find in this stewardship outweighs all the new toys and fancy vacations that I think I need.  It is especially easy to get caught up in this going into this holiday season and I pray that God will guide me and give the control I need to be a good steward of all the resources he has blessed me with.

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