Steward of God’s

Slide Guide, September 13, 2015

‘Steward’ : ‘Someone who manages property or other affairs for someone else.’

Isa 65:17-19- “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem, and take delight in My people.”

Isa 65:21-22- “They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of My people; My chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands.” NIV

Private property, industry, and social and cultural work activities will all be central features of life even on this New Earth.

“Economics is the management of the property that ultimately belongs to God over which He has placed a steward and over which that steward will be held accountable”?

Economics has been disconnected from the real world over which the Creator of Economics reigns.

America needed a Statue of Liberty on one coast, but America also needs a Statue of Responsibility on the other coast.’

Every human being is responsible to God, for what each person is doing in relation to God’s mandate to manage some of His stuff, His stuff on Earth, over which all belongs to the Lord!

Even within mankind today, though fallen and in need of redemption, you can see this glimmer of this creative desire to work together and do and build great things.

(Show PIC of building here)

Something within the human spirit longs for making things, for building things, for creating things, and that they can take joy in these accomplishments, in these works, and also in sharing them with others.

God implanted this design for work and labor and reward and accomplishment within man before the Fall of man into sin.

One of the results of sin in the mind and hearts of most people is that sin disconnected man doing his works for the glory of God.

“Your work matters to God: So make your work an offering to God.”

“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Col 3:22-24

As a Christian, you are a Steward of God’s. And everything you do matters to God, especially any work which honors God and blesses others.

Dr. Tackett: Work matters so much to God because God Himself is a Worker.

John 5:17- “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” NIV

The point we want to focus on today is to really settle in our minds this fact that in whatever we do or are doing now, we are ‘Stewards of God’s’. We are to think of ourselves this way; to have this ingrained into our psyche about our personal identity. We were created to be Stewards of God’s in everything we do, from our family to our careers.

“Well, I am a Steward of God’s and I serve God and others as a Teacher in Middle School.”

How odd that one of the primary identities that God has given us is at the same time one of the least understood.

(Show Pic of USS Intrepid here)

For most people there is a real ‘disconnect’ between this concept of man’s work from man’s worship.

Part of the reason for that is because one of the results of the curse is that sin separated the sacred from the secular in the minds and hearts of people.

Neither worship nor the sacred was ever intended to be separated from work or from the secular.

“Well, I’m a steward of God’s and I work at Lowe’s in Morehead City where I serve God and others in the Electrical and Hardware departments, which God considers to also be a part of my worship and service to Him as well.”

God never intended our worship to be disconnected from our work nor the sacred from the secular. Again, it all matters to God. We just need to be sure that we make it all count for Him; count for His sake!