Recently, I have found myself with additional time on my hands during my day. As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, this may not be in my best interest (such as writing articles for an established blog) for being purposeful and maximizing my abilities. In all of this “extra” time, as you can imagine, I’ve found myself filling it with extra bus trips and hours at work, watching videos, shooting bows and hunting, etc. What’s probably the greatest take away has been my ability to start my day out with my wife and doing devotions together.
Tara and I have begun a devotional that focuses us to direct our attention and trust in God as the sole provider in our lives, regardless of the situations around us. In these devotional times, it’s been impressed upon me that whatever (ie: physical abilities, financially, job vocation, hobbies, etc…) our “resources” are, we are God’s “stewards” of those skills and capabilities that He has equipped us with. For me, trusting in God is not all together the lesson that I’m being reminded of during these morning devotionals. What God is reminding me of is that I have been entrusted to use my abilities to be a steward of His resources.
Usually we hear this type of topic relating to being “good stewards of financial resources.” For me, I have been reminded that being a ‘good steward’ isn’t limited to just one resource. Being a good steward is one that is to “be found trustworthy,” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV). In Colossians 3:23 (ESV) we are reminded that, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”.
What do I mean?
You’ve heard it said that “God has cattle on a thousand hills”, right? Well that comes from Psalm 50:10-11 (ISV) which says, “Indeed, every animal of the forest is mine, even the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all of the birds in the mountains; indeed, everything that moves in the field is mine.” God own’s everything, and everything is His to do with as He sees fit. If God wants to move one cattle from hill “A” to hill “B”, He can do that. WE… are His ‘vessel’, or should I say “tool(s)”, that He uses to accomplish His tasks and the “re-allocating” of the resources, or “cattle”. So yes, I am admitting that I am a tool… for Christ!
What I have, or possess, in this world isn’t mine. Where I live, or have lived, has all been a blessing to equip me for what God has for me in the future. Even my “negative” experiences have been those that will be used for His glory. We are not to forget about those things or throw them away as though they are not worth for anything; we are to use those experiences and abilities, strengths, successes, and resources for His glory.
The resources that we have been entrusted with are things that God trusts us to maximize and accomplish. Those specific abilities are designed to and for you. There is a responsibility that we must hold true to “continue His good works.” “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having NOTHING evil to say about us”, Titus 2:7-8 (ESV).
1 Peter 4:10 (NASB) reminds us that we are charged to be good stewards of what God has given us; “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” This all brings delight to God. In Matthew 25:21 (NIV) it says, “His lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things…”
God is entrusting us to be good stewards of all his resources. What can you do to begin becoming a better steward of God’s resources? Where can you use your special gifts to maximize your potential? Are you trusting God to be able to “re-allocate” His resources, either for ministry, someone else’s life, or even in your own life?