What is Stewardship in the Kingdom of God?
Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. (1 Chronicles 22:14)
Contrary to what many Christians may think, stewardship is not just about money or about how much money you can save. It is also about how we raise our children, how we help our employer achieve company goals, and how we help renew and revitalize our communities and cities. God told Adam to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…” (Genesis 1:28) because he had stewardship responsibilities over the earth.
In the kingdom of God, stewardship is about doing God’s work, God’s way. For example, in this week’s scripture, King David had amassed the equivalent in today’s money of over $100 billion in gold to hire the best craftsmen and to buy the finest materials for the construction of the temple. He spared no cost. David was committed to doing God’s work, God’s way, because he was a “man after God’s own heart.”
David’s attitude is a long way from taking a building project out to bid and choosing the lowest bidder because they are the cheapest. The lowest bidder could have the worst workmanship and the poorest quality building materials for the vision that God has given you. Again, stewardship is not about how much money you can save God, but about doing God’s work, God’s way.
Dear God, I purpose to have the same attitude as King David, choosing to give You my best time, talents and resources and to be the best steward I can be over all that You’ve given me. I receive Your anointing and wisdom to be fruitful in every area of my responsibility and do things Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Faith & the Marketplace – Becoming the Person of Influence GOD INTENDED YOU TO BE. To order this kingdom leadership playbook, click here.
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