[ ᴃᴚiפʜᴌ ᵴᴌᴗᴆiᴏ ]: Stewardship

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stewardship

Stewardship? What's that?

Instead of giving you the meaning of stewardship, let's take a peek at it's root word: steward.
Steward
Pronunciation: \ˈstü-ərd, ˈstyü-; ˈst(y)u̇rd\
[ Noun ]
1 : The one responsible for the protection or usage of something.

Starting to know where i'm heading towards?
So what's your point of view with regards to this topic, stewardship?

Here's something i found, which is very true (taken from wikipedia again)
- Stewardship begins and ends with the understanding of God's ownership of all.

Okay~~ Things are getting into a more serious tone...

Loads of things are happening all around the world, be it good or bad... and honestly, sometimes most of the time, i tend to have the 'careless' attitude towards all these happenings. i simply feel 'comfortable' in my comfort zone... and i'm not willing to take the first step, to be who God has entrusted me to be... the contact point between heaven and earth.

Yes, i'm feeling such a pain in my heart now, i'm grieved by myself... for not knowing that so many things had happened and is still going on all around the world, and i'm not doing anything about it, neither did i wanna care about any of it.. words can't say exactly what i'm feeling.. but it obviously sucks to feel what i'm feeling now.. uggh!

The word "steward" and "stewardship" has been ringing in my stucked-up-head for a while now.. it started with me asking God for forgiveness for not being a good steward of something known as time. And now, i realized that, it's not just 'time' that i'm not being a steward of... there are lots of areas where i'm screwed up as a steward... what kindda steward is that?

here's some of the areas that i would need improvement on, you on the other hand, do a checklist and see... i'm sure MOST of mine would be on yours too...

1) Time
2) Body - health
3) My identity
4) The world

well 4 is enough to kill... let's get deeper and check it out

1) time
- i realized that i like to procrastinate, do things which are of lower importants ( blogging nonsense (writing such as this, FYI is healthy and good, as it stimulates and brings your understanding to a higher level), facebooking, watching movie, anime, series - a lot of 'em, sleep )

2) Body - health
- Okay, so i sleep late... what's wrong with that you may ask.. but here's the thing, our body needs sufficient rest at proper hours.. do a research if you want, but it has been proven that certain parts of your body needs to rest at certain time of the day... and it's timeframe around 11pm-3am

- most of us sleep late, no doubt about that.. we're kindda killing ourselves by doing so... (ill talk about stewardship later)

3) My identity
- It may occur to some of you that my identity doesn't play a role in stewardship, let me prove you wrong. As Christians, we're suppose to be followers of Christ, which is to do what He did, when He was on earth, so that others may see how awesome and wonderful God is... so am i doing that? i seriously doubt it... most of the time, i'm just being the flesh-version of me... how lame can that be? cuz i'm suppose to be the 'light and salt' to the world... and if i'm not doing that... i'm not a 'good and faithful' steward.. i'll get "thrown out" in no time!

4) The world
- eh? The world also related to me? Well yea, it's related to me. How?
See, God made this world and gave Adam (humans in general) the authority to govern over the earth. Yet, as humans, we tend to get to the point of exploitation.. How sad is that? See the world around you... floods, landslides, global warming - aren't these the consequences of our negligence towards our stewardship?

bringing it down to my personal level, simple things like wasting electricity and water... i leave my computer on all the time, even when i'm away... for like a week.. constantly draining electricity just because the electric bills are fixed? Huh?! What nonsense is that?

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see where i'm heading towards now?
stewardship... sometimes we tend to ignore it, simply just because we don't know that we're in-charge of those things.. don't believe? try asking yourself this question: "am i in-charge of how i use the world?" sounds big eh? but hey! wake up time... don't "take time to realize" .. cuz honestly, the world is dying by the seconds and no, time is not under our control. we're simply stewards towards time... each of us are given 24 hours a day, no one gets it more, neither do anyone gets it lesser. It's just how we use it.

Wake up people, take responsibilities, be who God want's you to be.
Here's something for you to ponder upon:

"No longer do i compare myself with people around me,
the one i'm comparing myself to, is God Himself"
- Sounds arrogant eh?

God has created us in the image of Himself... fair enough? Certainly, we can never be God Himself. But as Christians, sons and daughters of God, we need to be constantly working towards being more and more like God. To be the person who He want's you to be!

"Who are you to compare yourself to God? You lowly being!"
- familiar?

Satan is always there to kill, steal and destroy.. he likes to pull you down to a level where you feel so ashame and worthless... But in the eyes of God.. He always see you as who you are, His child.. the one that He loves...

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The Parable of the Talents

14"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15To one he gave five talents[a] of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
19"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'

21"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

22"The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'

23"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

24"Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

26"His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28" 'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

-Matthew 25:14-30 (New International Version)


See... God has already taught us on how to be a good and faithful servant of His. Whatcha waiting for? Go! And be who He want's you to be! Let's take this step of faith, of moving forward, taking up our responsibilities as a steward of God.

All these, just to hear this from God.
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"

If you think that you'll not be able to pull it through, think again! Here's something for you:

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENTS
37For nothing is impossible with God."
-Luke 1:37 (New International Version)


Woots! I've done my job to share this! Let's get moving people!

NOTICE:
Please, if you know that this topic is directly speaking to you, and you want to respond to it, but you don't know how... or even if you want to respond to it by taking a step of faith to be a good and faithful servant of God, leave a comment, that way, we'll be able to keep track of each other and to encourage each other when one of us fall!

Till i blog again

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