1 Peter 4:10 ESV As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace
Typically when you are asked to increase your giving, one automatically thinks about money. However, when we increase our service, our prayers, and our witness, we are also increasing our giving.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Faithful Stewards – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Let a man so consider us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (NKJV)
One of the best things about reading the Bible regularly is you often see common verses in a different light – when they are read in context. The verse above is one such example. Stewardship is something we hear about often, and most of the time it is thought of in terms of finances. Obviously, it is important to be a faithful steward with everything God has given us, including finances. But that isn’t what the verse above is referring to!
Paul and Apollos were given a gift and calling from the Lord. The Bible states that they were in charge of “explaining God’s secrets.” Paul makes it clear that faithfulness in that calling was not an option – it was required. Using the gift God gave him was good stewardship. The same is true for us.
What is Your Gift?
We need to consider if we are using the gifts God has given us in a way that pleases and honors him. This is a hard question to ask if you don’t know what God has gifted you to do. If you are uncertain about what the Lord has called you to do, first, ask him to show you! In James 1:5 we’re told that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God, and it will be given to us. So that’s the first step
Are You Using Your Gift?
If you know what your gifts are, you need to ask yourself if you are using the gifts God has given you, or if the gifts he’s given you are wasting away. Are you, by chance, withholding something that could be a blessing to others in the body of Christ.
If you are using your gifts, the next thing to look at is your motive. Are you using your gifts in a way that pleases and honors the Lord? It’s possible to use our gifts, but to do so in a sloppy, uncaring manner. Or, it is possible to use them well, but to do so out of pride. The gifts God has entrusted us with should be used with excellence, and with pure motives, so that God is the one glorified. That is good stewardship!