WELL, NOT QUITE… Lets look at a strict definition of Stewardship: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something. In short, a steward is someone that manages or oversees the affairs of others. We, as Christians, are to act as Stewards of Gods earthly affairs.
GODS EARTHLY AFFAIRS TIME TALENTS LOVE MONEY/RESOURCES
TIME When God gives us life, we dont know how much TIME we have to use Whatever time we have is a Gift From God and we must use it wisely We must budget our time so that we can help to fulfill Gods plan
Sitting in the Middle of My Mess Glynnis Whitwer Last Christmas ended one of the most stressful years of my life. I'm thankful nothing devastating happened to my family. But the demands on my time exceeded my available time. When that happens, I get behind... on everything. So I spend lots of time just trying to keep my head above water. If you know the Luke chapter 10 story of Martha and her sister Mary. Martha had the privilege of hosting Jesus. Jesus actually came to her house. Instead of sitting at His feet like her sister Mary did, Martha worked and actually complained to Jesus that Mary wasn't helping her enough. Jesus gently chided Martha, and affirmed Mary's choice to sit and spend time with Him in the middle of all the work that had to be done. I remember the day clearly last December when I decided to follow Mary's example and sit in the middle of my mess to spend time with Jesus. Normally, I feel as if everything has to be clean before I can "treat" myself to some down time. I believe I have to have the dishes clean, counters cleared, urgent emails addressed, laundry going, home-based business checked for orders, etc. Normally, by the time I've done all that, something else has demanded my attention, and my time with Jesus is neglected - much like what happened to Martha.
I sat in the middle of my mess, and spent time with Jesus. I pictured Him sitting across the table from me. It was pure pleasure... and the mess amazingly faded from my view. My stress melted away, and I felt renewed.
TALENTS God gives Everyone potential when they are born Each of us can share in Gods plan in his/her own way If we use our talents wisely, we will be better able to sue them and will develop others. But if we dont, we may lose even those we do have.( Matt. 25:29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. )
LOVE THE STEWARDSHIP OF RELATIONSHIPS At home: Provide Christian education for our children. Learn to live and grow together as a family At Work: Show your colleagues the example of Christian behavior. Be supportive and caring In Church: Participate in worship, programs, projects and form friendships
Money/Resources We bring nothing into this world and we will take nothing out of it. Everything that we have while we are here comes as a Gift from God… The stewardship of our money and property is an ongoing process We should give regularly and systematically in direct proportion to the gifts which we are given
Walter Brueggemann on scarcity and abundance We who are now the richest nation are today's main coveters. We never feel that we have enough; we have to have more and more, and this insatiable desire destroys us. Whether we are liberal or conservative Christians, we must confess that the central problem of our lives is that we are torn apart by the conflict between our attraction to the good news of God's abundance and the power of our belief in scarcity a belief that makes us greedy, mean and unneighborly. We spend our lives trying to sort out that ambiguity. (From "The Liturgy of Abundance, the Myth of Scarcity", Christian Century, March 24, 1999) More from Walter Brueggemann: We live in a world where the gap between scarcity and abundance grows wider every day. Whether at the level of nations or neighborhoods, this widening gap is polarizing people, making each camp more and more suspicious and antagonistic toward the other. But the peculiar thing, at least from a biblical perspective, is that the rich the ones with the abundance--rely on an ideology of scarcity, while the poor the ones suffering from scarcity rely on an ideology of abundance. How can that be? The issue involves whether there is enough to go around enough food, water, shelter, space. An ideology of scarcity says no, there's not enough, so hold onto what you have. In fact, don't just hold onto it, hoard it. Put aside more than you need, so that if you do need it, it will be there, even if others must do without. An affirmation of abundance says just the opposite: Appearances notwithstanding, there is enough to go around, so long as each of us takes only what we need. In fact, if we are willing to have but not hoard, there will even be more than enough left over. The Bible is about abundance. (From "Enough Is Enough" - The Other Side, November-December 2001)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Walter Brueggemann (born 1933) is an American Old Testament scholar and author. Born in Tilden, Nebraska the son of a United Church of Christ minister. Brueggemann received an A.B. from Elmhurst College (1955), a B.D. from Eden Theological Seminary (1958), a Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York (1961), and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University (in 1974). He was professor of Old Testament (1961-1986) and Dean (1968-1982) at Eden Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1986, he served as William Marcellus McPheeters professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, from where he retired in the early 2000s.Old TestamentNebraskaElmhurst CollegeEden Theological SeminaryUnion Theological SeminarySaint Louis UniversityColumbia Theological Seminary Brueggemann is an advocate and practitioner of rhetorical criticism. He has authored more than 58 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. Brueggemann participated in Bill Moyers' 1990s PBS television series on Genesis (documented in Genesis: A Living Conversation. Main Street Books, 1997. ISBN 0-385-49043-7). He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Dr. Brueggemann currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio (2008).rhetorical criticismBibleBill MoyersPBSGenesisISBN 0-385-49043-7