Stewardship: Faith Requires Action
Hello, my name is Ron Blue, and we’re talking about stewardship. One of the realities of stewardship is that you’re not a steward just by holding something. You are a steward as you use something. You’re a manager - there is the idea of use. I like to think of it this way: faith requires action. Larry Burkett always used to say that God is seldom early, but He’s never late. So, as you make decisions, you need to understand that it is up to God to provide what is needed, when it’s needed, and not before.
Stewardship says that I use what I’ve been given for His honor and for His glory, meaning use what I have been given. My experience of living as a Christian now for well over thirty years is that I see the demonstration of God’s faithfulness as I look back. Never when I look forward – because He hasn’t been faithful in the future. He’s in the future, but He’s not faithful to me until I get to the future. So, if it means that I give, if it means that I make a decision or use something that God has given me, it requires that I literally do it.
Hebrews chapter 11 is the faith chapter. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen. I believe this is what God’s going to do, I take action, and then He demonstrates His faithfulness. Probably the classic case, and why we always talk about stewardship and money, is tithing. When I tithe or when I give, I give, and it takes away from what I have right now. But, I am trusting that God will provide what I need in the future. We tithe (we give) not because God needs the money, but God wants my heart. It requires an action before I see what God has done or is going to do.
So never forget: I’m not a steward if I am not managing. The only way I am a steward is when I am managing, when I am making decisions and implementing those decisions.
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