Stewardship is the daily practical expression of what it means to follow Jesus; it is an expression of our love for God, a means of living out the truth that we have been given in Christ. We are stewards because God first loved us. God’s stewards now “see in a mirror, dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12, NKJV), but Jesus sees clearly. He entrusts us to do His work. Even through the haze of the lure of the world, we are still responsible for the proper management of our talents, finances, health, and environment.
In the ultimate end, we are going to hear one of two sentiments spoken to us: “ ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” (Matt. 7:23, NKJV), or “ ‘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!’ ” (Matt. 25:23, NIV).
It is our hope and prayer that what is taught about stewardship in this quarter’s lessons will help keep us on the path that will indeed make the words “ ‘Come and share your master’s happiness’ ” the words that we do hear.
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