As you guys know I love promoting other Christians. I enjoy connecting with other Christians who have a heart for the Father and want to see his will done. I have a guest post for you today by Brian Bedford. I connected with Brian on Instagram and it was great. He’s a great guy and easy to talk to. After checking out his website I knew you guys would love to hear from him as well and I’m excited to bring his post to you today. So I’ll shut up and let you guys hear from him.
Faith and Stewardship
By: Brian Bedford
“Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”
Matthew 25:28-29 NLT
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the idea of stewardship. Stewardship refers to trustworthy and competent oversight of a situation or resource. This concept is commonly spoke of in the management of money. As a Financial Advisor, it is within this context that I hear about stewardship most of the time. But the term isn’t limited to finance; we can be good stewards in many ways. As a Christian, we can use this concept of stewardship to help us think about how to grow in our faith. To get a better understanding of what this looks like, let’s make some connections between financial stewardship, and stewardship in the context of our faith.
Many people enter into their career thinking that the goal is to get a lot of income. Once they realize this goal, they think, “I’ve made it!”, and proceed to spend their earnings on their lifestyle. We may think of these people as rich, but income and wealth are two different things. The peace of mind that comes with financial abundance only happens when a person chooses to become a good steward of their income and allow some of the income to accumulate and become wealth.
In a spiritual sense, it is common for Christians to do the same thing. They receive God’s gift of salvation, and think, “I’ve made it!”. To continue with the analogy, receiving God’s grace is like accepting a huge salary. We now have the opportunity for God to work through our life in a way that wasn’t possible before. But in order for this to happen, we need to start looking at our life and faith differently. Rather than seeing our faith as something that exists for our own benefit, we need to see it as something that God has entrusted to us.
In the parable of the three servants, the servant who fearfully hoarded the master’s money was the recipient of the rebuke that I opened this blog post with. The two other servants were good stewards of the talents that they were entrusted with; they put the money to work and multiplied it. In turn, the master entrusted them with even more.
Many of us would like to put our faith to work in bold ways, but we don’t understand what God’s “calling” is for our lives. We are often waiting for some mission to be part of that is clearly meant for us. The problem is, this calling we want is the “more” that is referred to in this parable. It might be that our calling hasn’t been revealed to us because we haven’t demonstrated trustworthy competence with the faith that we already have. In order for God to invite us to be part of a calling for our life, he needs to see that we are up to the task. We must first use well what we have been given before we can expect to be given “more” to be part of.
After a little reflection on this topic, let’s ask ourselves, “What have I already been entrusted with that God wants me to be a good steward of?” Have you been given a unique talent or ability? What about a significant life experience to share? Others of us might have a bodacious beard that the world needs to see (Good job using your gift Jase!). All joking aside, let’s take a fresh look at our world to see what things we can become better stewards of. This is how we continue to grow in our faith, and experience God in new and exciting ways.
To your well-being,
To see more blog posts and other writing from Brian, check out http://soulfuse.info