How well do we manage the God-given resources that we have?
When asked that question perhaps most people would respond about tithing, giving to missions, charitable organizations, the poor, etc. And these actions are good and pleasing to God; however, God has given to us many more resources to learn to manage and become good stewards of as well.
As children of God – saved by His grace – we have been given the Fruit of God’s Spirit:
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” ~ Galatians 5:22-23
How well are we stewarding the fruit resources?
We are also given Gifts of the Spirit:
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice [gives a word of wisdom]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge [gives a word of knowledge]. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages [in various tongues], while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Time is another valuable God-given resource that we need to become effective stewards of:
“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk — not as unwise people but as wise — making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” ~ Ephesians 5:15-17
The evil one is well-aware of the God-given resources that we have, and as long as he can make us believe that those don’t really apply to us – the less effective we will be for glory of God and His kingdom-building.
Pray today for the Lord to fill us with the wisdom, knowledge, courage and strength to walk boldly in all the resource’s He has given to us, and to help us become better stewards of them.