For the new year, I want to take a moment to discuss and refresh our understanding of stewardship. I believe it is good to take a pause to shed some light on principles that we so often hear so that they don’t become old. One thing that I really appreciate about our church and the elders that govern, is that every year we take a few Sunday to re-evaluate what corporate worship is, what the Bible says about it, why we do it, and why we do what we do.
One of the best ways we learn is by example. However, these examples can be good and bad. From good examples we can learn about what to do and how to do it. From bad examples we can learn what not to do and how not to do it. And so let’s start by looking at the inverse in order to get a better idea of the polar oposite.
A Steward Is Not Greedy
We’ve all got pride in our hearts. This pride, if allowed to rule, leads to self-service, self-preservation, and “self” of all kinds. Greed is an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. Greed desires to be in control of all things, and since that’s not possible, it often times expresses itself in the ultra-control of little things or perhaps little people. A faithful man is not greedy.
A Steward Is Not Lazy
We’ve all got sloth in our hearts. This sloth, if allowed to rule, leads to apathy, despair, and all kinds of other inactivity. Laziness is the unwillingness to work or use energy. Laziness says, “it’s not worth the action.” Laziness says, “There is a lion on the road!” Laziness does not finish what it starts. Laziness is full of self-pity. A faithful man is not a sluggard.
A Steward Is Not A Whiner.
We’ve all got discontent in our hearts. This complaining, if allowed to rule, leads to isolation, friendlessness, and all kinds of other relationship issues. Whining is a feeble, long, high-pitched complaining sound. Whining focuses on all the problems and presents no solutions. Whining does not give thanks, not does it smile, nor does it laugh. Whining is joyless. Whining grumbles and points how hard something is and attempts it while seeking for ways to avoid it. A whiner gets to gather with others to complain to one another. A faithful man is not a whiner.
We’ve done quick recap of what a faithful steward is not. It is good to know the negative so that when we catch it in ourselves, we can quickly repent and uproot the sin. Next time we’ll focus on a few of the positive characteristic of faithful stewardship.
Happy New Year!