1 Corinthians 4:1-2, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful”
Luke 16:11, “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches”
The life of a believer takes a turn for the best the very day he discovers that he belongs to the Kingdom of God. A kingdom where Jesus is the king of Kings and he is a king. Being a member of this kingdom implies royalty and bestows and gives access to the resources of the kingdom to those that please the king. To please the king one must be a steward of the kingdom and this is the fastest way to achieve the success that God has designed for us. Lots of people are struggling today because they are stewards in the kingdom of man and have no connection with the kingdom of God in any way. To achieve the success designed for us from the foundation of the world, we must become not only ministers of Christ but also stewards of the mysteries of God (I Corinthians 4:1-2)
Jesus told a pathetic story of a man in Luke 12:16-21, whose land yielded plenty and he decided to make merry without recognizing the source of the harvest. The man’s life terminated that same night and Jesus concluded the story by saying in verse 21, “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God” The Bible says in Luke 16:11, “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches”
We are living at a time in history when God is doing a new thing and releasing unprecedented knowledge, information and revelations through His servants. A time when God is making a difference among the people, separating those who are kingdom minded and those that are not (Malachi 3:18). To establish, expand and extend the kingdom of God requires kingdom minded citizens, faithful stewards that God can trust with tremendous resources. Until we mature into stewards, we will never be able to come into the fullness of the purpose and plan of God for our lives.
God is the possessor of everything that exists. All the riches of the earth belong to Him and He wants to bestow these riches to His heirs and stewards not children. He is a wise God and will never give children something that would destroy them eternally.
Galatians 4:1, “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, different nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all:”
The truth is that riches and treasures of darkness are not for ‘babies’ but for stewards. If a man that is not trained as a steward is given access to riches, his heart may become corrupted and he will turn away from God and make mammon his god. The bible clearly states in Matthew 6:24 that “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”
Who then is a steward? A steward is a child of God whose inner man is fed continuously by God’s word. He knows that his value is the blood of Jesus. He recognizes that God is the creator of all things and has absolute right and ownership over all things. A steward knows that all resources (financial, material, human, etc) in his possession is held in trust for God and must be deployed for the glory of God at all times. He therefore makes his life and everything he has available for the furtherance of the kingdom of God. A steward conducts, manages and supervises what God has committed to him. Every steward is a steward of life. Until we assume this position, we will remain far from the original intent of God for our lives.
1 Peter 4:10-11, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.——————- If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ—“(NIV)
It takes diligence and strength in the inner man to be a faithful steward. This means that a steward must not only be full of the word and studious (2 Timothy 2:15) but must be focused, loyal, discreet, and industrious. He must also be smart, wise, accountable and motivated by love. Covenant understanding and engagement of spiritual devices are also critical catalysts to function as a steward.