When you think of stewardship, the first thing that comes to mind is probably money. And while that’s important, biblical stewardship requires what are often described as the three T’s: time, talent, as well as treasure. We’ll talk about that today on Faith & Finance.
- Christians are well aware that we’re to give back to the Lord from our first fruits. Malachi 3:10 tells us, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
- And Proverbs 3:9-10 says: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
- But stewardship involves much more than our treasure. We must acknowledge that God gives us many gifts, including time and talent, and we must give back a portion of them, as well, if we’re to be truly faithful stewards.
- You have been given skills and talents that the Lord wants to use for His Kingdom. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. It reads:
- “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
- And again in Romans 12:6-8 Paul writes: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
- So, with that in mind … are you giving back a portion of your talents to God’s Kingdom? You might not think you have any talents to contribute, but that’s never the case. We all have skills and abilities that God can use.
- For example, if you’re in the business world, you have a unique opportunity to share the Gospel with those who don’t yet know Christ. You come in contact with many different people, like associates, customers, and vendors, and while doing that, you can make a strong witness for Christ by treating people with honesty and respect.
- It’s probably not a coincidence that when Jesus called the 12 disciples, many of them owned and operated businesses as tradesmen and commercial fishermen. It would only be reasonable to assume the disciples used their contacts and past relationships to witness for Christ.
- So we all have God-given talents. Are you good with children? Those skills can be put to use in the church nursery or babysitting for a single parent in your neighborhood who needs a break. Maybe you’re good at repairing cars, or you’re a great cook, or you like to paint. Or maybe you have time you can spend with an elderly shut-in down the street?
- Putting time and talents to work for others not only fulfills your calling for stewardship, it provides a great witnessing opportunity, by reflecting the love of Christ. So don’t think you have nothing to give. God can use just about anything to advance His Kingdom.
- For example, the staff of Moses in Exodus 4:3-4. It reads: “Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand.”
- The point is this: If God can use an ordinary object like a stick to perform miracles, imagine what He can do with you, a real, live person made in His image.
- God wants you to give of your time and talents because He loves you and wants you to experience the spiritual blessings of giving. Luke 6:38 reads:
- “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
- And in Acts 20:35 Paul says: “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
- Now, how much time and talent you give back to God is between you and Him, and here 2 Corinthians 9:6 can be helpful. It reads:
- “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
- And Luke 12:48 tells us, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
- If you’re generous with your time and talents as well as your treasure, you’ll no doubt one day hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful steward. Enter into the joy of your master.”
On this program, Rob also answers listener questions:
- What should a self-employed couple consider when determining whether to pay a spouse a wage?
- What are the rules surrounding Social Security ex-spousal benefits?
- Are hedge funds a good investment?
- When does it make sense to buy life insurance?
- How do you know if you need a will?
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