But the principle of good stewardship applies to more than just money.
As a result, God deserves and expects excellence from us and our organizations, so that He might be glorified. He wants us to be healthy and doing the very best job we can do, leading whatever we are called to lead. Every leader is a steward of all God has entrusted to him and is expected to maximize God’s investment.
This week, I challenge you to think about the resources, other than money, that God has entrusted to you. It isn’t that we shouldn’t also reflect on how to be a wise steward of money, but I think we already put a big emphasis on this at church. So, this week the challenge is to think about the other resources.
Has God brought you through a unique experience that others can learn from? With what special talent or skill has God gifted you? Has God given you a position of power and influence?
Now, are you maximizing the return on that resource for the glory of God? Are there activities, people or needs that are keeping you from earning a return on this special resource? Perhaps you need to delegate some tasks or eliminate something else in your life in order to really maximize the use of that special resource God has entrusted to you. This is what I call in my book, the power of specialization and the power of focus.
Be ready because we learn from the parable of the talents that (1) the master is going to return, (2) he will take an account of how you have managed the resources he entrusted to you, and (3) he expects a return. But always remember that as God’s children we should seek to be wise stewards of God’s resources out of a motivation of love, not fear. Grace calls us to a “want to” desire to serve our master well, not a “have to” duty.
Have a fruitful week and take inventory of the resources God has entrusted to you. May you be pleasantly surprised by God’s blessings in your life and may it foster a desire to serve Him well out of gratitude and love.