“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
(def.) the management of resources we are blessed with.
Stewardship is about giving God the best of our time, our talents and our treasures.
It’s a matter of trust. Do I trust God enough to give Him the best of my time, the best of my talents and the best of my treasures? Someone once said, “Stewardship is more than the management of things – it is the refusal to let things manage us.”
Being a Christian is all about having a relationship with the Lord. It’s about falling in love with the Lord. When you fall in love with someone, you want to spend time with them . . . you want to give them the best of your times, your talents and abilities and your treasures.
Perhaps you’ve read the book, “The Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is that each of us receive love and give love best in one of five ways . . . (1) Quality time, (2) words of affirmation, (3) Acts of service, (4) physical touch and (5) gifts.
Stewardship reflects these love languages. Stewardship reflects how we express our “love relationship” with God. Time (Quality time), Talents (Acts of service), and Treasures (gifts).
B.L.E.S.S. the Lord
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
The Psalmist (David) says . . . and all that is within me . . . all my inmost being. This is what Stewardship is all about . . giving God the best of your time, your talents and your treasures.
To Another Level Lesson: How you spend your time on earth will determine where you will spend your time for eternity.
Let go of selfishness
We live in a “Me, Myself and I” oriented society.
To Another Level Lesson: The level of your giving to God reflects the level of your commitment to God.
Entrust your life and resources to the Lord
We bless the Lord in five ways . . .
- with our lips – what we say
- with our time – how we spend it
- with our ministry – what we do
- with our money – what we give
- with our lives – who we are
To Another Level Lesson: Before you can expect God to bless you, you must first bless Him!
When you bless the Lord, you will experience God’s success. No necessarily man’s success, but God’s success. The world’s success is based on the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the title you hold . . you know – all of those temporary things. But God’s success is based on the eternal things, like . . . all your needs will be met, you will experience true joy, and peace and love and eternal life.
Once again, Psalm 103 says . . . NIV – Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Forget not all His benefits . . .
He heals . . .
He redeems . . .
He crowns . . .
He satisfies . . .
What more could we ask for? God gives us success!
To Another Level Lesson: Godly Success is not focused on possessing life’s benefits, it is focused on stewarding life’s blessings.
Success is when you make it life. Significance is when you take others with you. Giving to God is your investment in other people, because you are giving to the kingdom of God.
To Another Level Lesson: You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
What are you doing to further the gospel of Christ?