42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions… 48… Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. Luke 12:42-48
This is a touchy topic for me to write about. After all that Staci and I have been through in the last 3 years, I feel it’s necessary to address it publicly.
After 3 years of faithful sacrifice which included giving up our home in Murrieta, living with my gracious in-laws, being publicly ridiculed for our sacrifices and making every penny count for a long time, we want to declare emphatically that
GOD IS GOOD!
GOD IS FAITHFUL!!
GOD REWARDS FAITHFUL STEWARDS!!!
In a crazy, miraculous and unexpected turn of events, Staci and I recently purchased a new home in San Diego. It’s bigger than anything we’ve ever owned and carries an anointing heavier than anything we’ve ever experienced. It was made for ministry and it’s all ours… or is it?
We weren’t planning on purchasing a home right now, but when you hear God say, “I’ve been saving this for you.” what do you do? You can read more about our experience here.
I was discussing our new home with a friend of mine who recently purchased a large home of his own. Our conversation traversed the joys and challenges of home ownership until at one point we stumbled upon the idea of stewardship as opposed to ownership. It’s clear to me that God sees us as stewards, not owners. In fact, when we begin to understand that we’re merely stewards, the doors of abundance will begin opening to us in ways we never imagined. The Bible teaches that God not only requires much of His faithful stewards, but also rewards much to them!
God requires much of, and rewards much to good and faithful stewards.
I’ve found that the key to abundance in this life is understanding two biblical concepts…
Contentment and Stewardship.
Paul says, “…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11) He’s talking about learning to be content when we have nothing. But get this. He follows that verse with the infamous “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Staci and I have learned that same lesson. We’ve learned to be content with nothing and as a reward, God is blessing us with abundance. I firmly believe that this reward is ours for being good stewards, even when we had very little.
Let’s be clear here. I’m not talking about what many people have coined as the “Prosperity Gospel”. I don’t believe that you will get back ten fold everything you sow into the kingdom of God. Somebody show me that scripture! I do believe however that God rewards faithful stewards with abundance. It’s not always the way that you or I might think, but there is a reward just the same.
As children of the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (that’s Jesus by the way), it’s important for us to understand that we own nothing in this world. We are stewards and nothing else. So as for me, I’ve made a commitment to seek first the kingdom of God and let Him worry about the rest. (Matthew 6:33)
So, if you ask me the question, “Do you own your own home?” don’t be surprised if I answer with a confident, “No, we’re just taking care of it for a while.” And I’m confident that if we do take care of it, He’ll reward us with an abundance of more stuff to take care of! That’s all it is by the way… stuff.