Sunday, September 2, 2012

Who’s in Charge?

Psalm 24:1
The word “stewardship” can create a lot of images in the minds of individuals.  Many times the picture is limited to our money and God.  But stewardship is really much more than that. On this Labor Day weekend we look at “Who’s in Charge?”
The way we spend our life is the stewardship of our life.
We are prone to compartmentalize and segregate our lives.
Stewardship is a terribly misused and abused word in the church.

I. Your Personal Concept of Stewardship is Based on How You Think.

 A Biblical Perspective of Stewardship.

God owns all mankind by virtue of being Creator of the Universe.  (Psalm 24:1)

God owns all mankind by virtue of our redemption.  Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:14-15

 A Steward defined = “To Plan, To Manage, To Administer”

 Difference between Stewardship & Giving

Giving has to do with what we Deploy/ let go of.

Stewardship has to do with what’s Retained.

 Important Stewardship Questions

Who ultimately owns all my stuff?

What do I want to do with all God’s stuff? 

What does God want me to do with all His stuff?

 We naturally resist the idea of unconditional surrender.

One question that changes everything:  Who’s in Charge?
For the next 30 days, pray this one prayer:  “Lord, what do you want me to do today with all you’ve entrusted to me and how would you have me do it?”

II. Your Personal Concept Of Stewardship Is Based in Who or What You Serve. Matthew 6:19-21

Submission is to give in  –  Surrender is to give up –

III. Your Personal Concept of Stewardship Is Based on the Way You Live.  I Corinthians 4:1-2a

These are life transforming responsibilities that compel us to radical changes in how we live.

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