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Aug 31

Stewardship

Hey guys!

I thought I would share about the topic of stewardship, continuing on from this Sunday’s message by Rev Lam. This sharing is taken from a message which was preached by Pastor Wayne Alcorn.

We know that the 3 T’s of stewardship given to us are treasures (money), time and talents. And the reason why being a good steward is important is because we must all one day give an account to God for what we have done here on Earth. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says that “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad”. Sobering isn’t it? What we do now determines what happens in eternity. I’m sure a lot of people would live life very differently if they knew what they did now had consequences that last forever.

Treasures: In Luke 16:11, Jesus says that “If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”. If we are able to be good stewards of the money we have now (in tithes and offerings), then we show ourselves trustworthy to be given charge of the true riches of heaven.

Time: This is the fairest of the T’s because we are all given 24 hours in a day, no matter where we come from or what we do. So why are some people able to accomplish many things while others are constantly busy and don’t have enough time to accomplish much? The answer lies in good time management and spending time wisely, i.e. doing what’s important (however, this doesn’t mean doing everything).

Talents: This is a tough one many people ask about – what is my talent? We all know that everyone has at least 1 talent, however people often spend a great part of their lives searching for their talent(s), or taking on ministries that they are not gifted in, often leading to frustration and fatigue.

Apart from taking one of the numerous courses on how to determine your gifts, there are some general ways to tell what your gifts are. These are: your desires; things that you can do skilfully and effortlessly (but others can’t); and your past experiences. God does not give you a desire in something and a talent in something totally different. Often the desires and passions match with the gift that you have. These could be anything – public speaking; praise and worship; teaching; faith; encouraging others; discernment; organisation; mercy; serving; and the list goes on…

Your past experiences or even your ‘scars’ can be an area of talent where God has brought you through trying circumstances and healed you of your pain. It can be a testimony and encouragement to others. Experience is a great teacher and often we are far better equipped than most people to be able to help those who are going through the same experiences. If you have tried helping those going through life altering situations, e.g. abuse, divorce, drug addiction, failure, rejection, or a life threatening illness, you will know that the most frequently uttered phrase by those in pain is “you wouldn’t know what I am going through”. Only someone who has been through it and survived is able to really understand and empathise with the pain someone else is going through and be able to reach out to them.  Don’t underestimate the importance of your past experience. It can be a hidden ‘talent’ waiting to be used.

If we keep the view of eternity in front of us, I believe that many of us would be more inclined to be good stewards of what God has placed in our care. Jesus has said he is coming soon and when he returns he will reward and judge all of God’s people according to what they have done. “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelations 22:12). If we are good stewards, we can look forward to our Master’s response, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21).

-Andrew Tan