Understanding Stewardship Series Part 1
Intro: Stewardship is one of the most prominent topics in the Bible.
Definition of STEWARD: esp. a, manager, superintendent (whether free-born or as was usually the case, a freed-man or a slave) to whom the head of the house or proprietor has entrusted the management of his affairs, the care of receipts and expenditures, and the duty of dealing out the proper portion to every servant and even to the children not yet of age; the manager of a farm or landed estate, an overseer
Stewardship is God giving and entrusting something of value to us, and how we respond to it.
The theme begins in the first chapter of Genesis and carries right on through the entire Bible.
- Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
It began in the Garden of Eden when God created man and left him in charge of His entire earthly creation.
God gave Adam:
- Creation – the breath of life – 2:7
- Comfort – a place to live – 2:8 (remember, there were no thorns, thistles, no rain (2:5), perfect temperature
- Career – a job/vocation – 2:15
- Cuisine – food and drink – 1:29, 30; 2:9
- Companion – a woman for his wife – 2:22
- Control – rule and dominion over his creation – 1:28
- Conditions – guidelines for life – 2:16, 17
- Communion – His presence and His company – 3:8
- Choices – a free will – 3:6, 7
With these gifts came a huge responsibility.
However, Adam and Eve misused and abused their role as stewards; they disobeyed God’s laws.
What did God do? He gave them some more things.
- Covenants – the Adamic Covenant was instituted here and continues today
- Conflict – 3:15 I shall put enmity between thee and the woman
- Curses – 3:14-19 for the serpent, the woman and the man, and the earth
- Clothes – 3:21 – God made them coats of skins and clothed them
- Children – 4:1, 2 – I have gotten a man from the Lord
- And more choices – 4:3-5
Conclusion: Our text in Luke 12 teaches us that God will personally hold us accountable for what we do with what He has given to us.
KEY STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE!!
WHAT WE DO WITH THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US DETERMINES WHAT HE GIVES US NEXT!!
We have the option to receive BLESSINGS or BEATINGS!
Verse 48 says – For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.