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Kalamazoo, Michigan

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July 2013

Written by Michael Thomas Scott, Sr., D.Min.  |  Found in: Main

From the Pulpit:

Greetings in the mighty strong name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! 

Our Stewardship efforts is well underway and we truly hope that you have completed and returned your volunteer card for the ministry. Isn't it exciting to discover the principles of what good stewardship is all about? I would like to briefly share with you four principles from the Bible should help us get a better un-derstanding of good stewardship.

1. The principle of ownership.

The psalmist begins the 24th psalm with, 

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 

In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and puts Adam in the Garden to work it and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him

This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf. Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the admini-stration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing. Stewardship is the com-mitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves. 

2. The principle of responsibility. 

We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes. 

3. The principle of accountability. 

A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us. 

We will all give account to the rightful owner as to how well we managed the things he has entrusted to us. 

4. The principle of reward.

In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 

The Bible shows us in the parables of the Kingdom that faithful stewards who do the master’s will with the master’s resources can expect to be rewarded incompletely in this life, but fully in the next. We all should long to hear the master say what he exclaims in Matthew 25:21

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! 

As children of God, we need to embrace this larger biblical view of stewardship, which goes beyond church budgets or building projects, though important; it connects everything we do with what God is doing in the world. 

We need to be faithful stewards of all God has given us within the opportunities presented through his providence to glorify him, serve the common good and further his Kingdom. 

Yours in Christ, 

Dr. Michael T. Scott, Sr.
Senior Pastor/Servant Leader