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What The Bible Teaches About Stewardship - Part 2

Feb 5, 2008
The first three principles of stewardship as taught by Jesus Christ in Mathew 25:14-27 was discussed in part 1 of this article. We bring this topic into conclusion by tackling the last 4 principles. Please visit my blog if you want to see the entire article.

4.) PRINCIPLE OF ACCOUNTABILITY - Each servant was to give a strict account as to how he had handled the master's goods. (verse 19-25)

Pay day may not come today, but it will surely come someday. The servants never knew when the Master was coming. One day we are all going to give an account to God on what we did with the stewardship that he has entrusted to us.

5.) PRINCIPLE OF PROFIT - Each servant was required to gain (verse 26)

God wants each and everyone of us to "Profit" from the stewardship that he has entrusted to us. We are to give our best in everything. He wants us to be fruitful. This does not mean that we are to experience a life free from diseases, financial, emotional or any kind of problems. What He wants from us is that we live life to the fullest. There are several passages in Scripture that tells Christians to bear fruit (John 15:16) Note that "fruit" does not only refer to the souls of men. "Fruit" also means that we develop godliness and Christian Character such as the Fruit of the Spirit as expounded by the apostle Paul in Galatians chapter 5 verse 22. Everyday of our lives we are to give our best always for His glory.

6.) THE PRINCIPLE OF FAIRNESS - The Bible tells us in verses 20 to 23 that the same reward and commendation were given to each servant. It did not matter whether one servant gained more than the other. The important thing is that they gained.

It does not matter how many gifts we have, or what our our abilities or what our economic status in life is. Everyone of us is equal before God. Those who are considered very famous in the eyes of men because they have done things of great magnitude making an impact on the world has the same reward as those who are only known in their local church but has been doing his or her best to for God's honor and glory.

7.) PUNISHMENT - The servant who did not utilize the talent that was entrusted to him suffered penalties. The penalty was that the talent that was given to him was taken away. He was even rejected as a servant. What is worse is that he was killed or cast into outer darkness.

Take note that this verse does not teach that as Christians we will loose our salvation if we fail to produce good works or live our lives to the fullest as God wants. The teaching that, once a person is always saved is saved forever is clearly established in God's Word. This verse simply shows us that a person who says he is a Christian but is still living a life that does not bear any fruit or does not even attempt to live a life as God intended, most likely this person may not be saved at all. He may seem to be saved or may look and act like a Christian but deep inside his heart he has never experienced what it means to be truly saved. This type of persons will someday be surprised. They thought they are Christians considering that they have gone through the religious exercise. However in eternity they will discover that they were really were not who they thought they were.
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