Stewardship Of Life

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

“It’s my life” Really ?!? 


  The world has a lot of songs that speak about “It’s my life” But does it really belong to us? Do we really own it? Can we do anything we want to with it?


Did we create ourselves or do we have a Creator God who created us?


When we think about our life, we must realize that it does not belong to us but has been given to us by God who is our Creator. We are not our own creators, but God is our Creator. So if God is our Creator, we are only stewards and not owners.


But as soon as we think of the word stewardship, oftentimes we think only about money. But stewardship is more than money. It is managing our entire life.


The dictionary meaning of the word stewardship is “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care”


This life has been entrusted to our care. It does not belong to us. And if it has been entrusted to us, we will also have to give an account of it to the One who gave it to us.


Stewardship is then learning how to manage the life that God has given to us.


In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 verse 14, Jesus tells us about this entrustment by referring to the entrustment as “his goods” and “his property.” It was not the steward’s goods or property. Their job was to manage what they were given.


The parable of the talents is the last in a series of three that Jesus gave his disciples to illustrate what he meant by the command, "Watch!" In other words, He calls us to take stock of our lives each day to check if we are really good stewards of the life that He has given us. 


Everything we have is given to us by God. Unless we recognize this truth, we will not be good managers of what has been entrusted to us.


Do we see ourselves as stewards or owners? Your answer makes all the difference. 


An owner decides what he wants to do with what belongs to him, but a steward recognizes that he is accountable to his Master.


As C.S. Lewis vividly puts it: "It may be a hard thing for an egg to become a bird; it is a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while it is still an egg. We are like eggs, today, and we either must be hatched, or go bad!"


Be hatched. Give your life to Him today. He knows what is best for you – after all He is your Creator!


Quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot


Prayer: Lord, I thank You for helping me understand that this life, which I call as mine, is not really mine, but belongs to You. I give my life back to You today. Help me to live for You alone. Amen