What can we do with the life that God has given us? Since everything we have really belongs to God, we are simply using for God what God has entrusted to us. This includes our intellect, skills, energy, time and imagination.
Each one of us is uniquely gifted. God has a purpose and plan for each of us that no one else can fulfill. We possess our own unique temperaments, passions, skills and experiences to be used for God’s purpose. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4: 10 (NIV)
As Christian stewards—managers of the gifts God has given us—we are called to reflect God’s love in our community. We are called to love as Jesus loved, to serve as Jesus served. This means we have a responsibility to reflect God’s love in our homes and offices, city streets and neighborhoods—in everything we say and do.
In a world weakened by a lack of love, we are called to offer loving service to others. One of the greatest gifts we can give is the gift of self. Any day is a good day to offer the gift of self to build up the kingdom in our families, communities and church.
What will be the fruit of a truly Christian stewardship of time and talent? First, we will multiply ourselves in His service. Second, we will advance the work of the kingdom. Third, we will bring glory to God, and this is the reason we are here.
Excerpted from the “7 Habits of a Highly Effective Stewards” article written by Barnabas Foundation and available at www.barnabasfoundation.com