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Biblical Principles Of Stewardship - Part 1

Feb 3, 2008
The definition of Parables is that they are earthly stories with heavenly meaning. Jesus Christ often speaks in parables and everytime he does this, he is trying to teach us a lesson.

The parable of the talents in Mathew 25:14-27 reveals Christ's teaching on the principles of Stewardship. Stewardship is an important topic in the Bible. It's importance is highlighted by the fact that Christ talked more about stewardship than any other topic except the Kingdom of God.

The dictionary defines a steward as a person who manages and administers what has been entrusted to him by another. Genesis 1:28 states that, when God first created man he told him to "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." The New Testament is filled with verses reminding us that we are stewards of God's resources. We can see from the Bible that as Christians and as human beings we are stewards of everything that has been entrusted to us by God.

So what are the things that we should be stewards of ? We are to be stewards of our time, money, our abilities and our life. In the parable of the talents, the principles of stewardship that we can learn from Christ is as follows:

1.) PRINCIPLE OF OWNERSHIP - The goods entrusted and committed to the servants belonged to the Master (verse 14)

In the same way we should realize that all that we have is not ours it is the Lord's and that we are only entrusted with it. Having this mindset is one of the most important principles of stewardship because only then if we think this way that we will be more responsible as stewards.

2.) THE PRINCIPLE OF ABILITY & DISCRETION - Verse 15 tells us that the each servant received a certain amount of good depending on his ability. It also indicates that it is also based on the Master's discretion.

God has given us different abilities, gifts, economic status in life and other blessings. It is no accident that we are where we are right now. God surely has a purpose for all of us. Whatever God gives us depends on His discretion and our ability. Even if we think we have the ability, we cannot question God if He gives other more wealth or more abilities than us because it depends solely on His discretion. Our job is to develop our abilities and to make the best out of our lives.

3.) FREEDOM - In verses 16 to 18 we can find that each servant was given full freedom on what to do with the goods entrusted to him.

God gave us human beings a certain freedom as to how we are to go about fulfilling the purposes that he wants us to accomplish. He did not make us robots. He made us human beings. He gave us the ability to decide. He gave us free will. In order to make the best out of our lives we must freely act only within the given parameters according to his plan.

This concludes part 1 of this 2 part series. Please visit my blog if you want to view the entire article.
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