Whatever God has put into your trust, be it, self, family, finances, relationships are your responsibilities. God’s appointed trust in His church (1 Corinthians 12:28) and gifts from the Holy Spirit (See 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 ), are required to administer those responsibilities according to God’s will and way. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Now it required that those that have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
The greatest resource that you have dominion over is yourself. The Macedonian church was able to give generously and far above expectations because they gave themselves first. 2 Corinthians 8:5 “And they did not do as expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.”
Life brings on all kinds of challenges, such as family, home, occupation, and relationships. Because we are saved by the blood of Christ, there also will be challenges in our walk with Christ. With freedom in Christ there are responsibilities. We must always remember that, because a solution is non-sinful, it may not always be a responsible solution. Paul in speaking to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:12) reminds them that with freedom “everything is permissible to me”- but everything is not beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” – but I will not be mastered by anything. Always remember that with the freedom of salvation through Jesus, you always have responsibilities.
Genesis 1: 26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground”.
Our First Stewardship assignment is found in Genesis 1:26
“Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”1
Biblical Steward therefore is the management of all that God has entrusted us with.
1. Merriam-Webster Online, An Encyclopedia Britannica Co. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stewardship
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram saying,
“Blessed be Abraham by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.