LUKE 12:42 "And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."


The above scripture seems to make it very clear that a wise steward is simply one who is watching for the Lord to come back. But I'm afraid there is more to it than that. First of all, let's define the word steward. The dictionary declares it to mean one who serves another or manages another's affairs. We are stewards to God but our servitude doesn't stop there. We are also stewards to our fellowman. There is no more greater example of this than Jesus Christ Himself. Though Jesus was full deity, His life was a pure reflection of a humble servant; He taught, He fed the hungry, He took time to touch and heal others in need, He even took time to talk to the children. Since we are created to be conformed to the image of Christ, we should increasingly demonstrate the attributes of a genuine servant.

One of the first things we need to do is to be aware. We should be alert to the needs of others around us. We need to be sensitive to their hurts, dreams and problems. Sometimes this means we need to just listen instead of talking so much!

We also need to be available. Everyone is so busy today, we hardly have time for our selves and our families but we need to try to make ourselves available to those around us who may need ministering to. Often this means giving up some of our relaxation time to call a friend who is depressed or a shut-in who may just need someone to talk to.

Have you ever noticed that Jesus rarely condemned anyone who came to Him? An important attribute of a servant is acceptance. This doesn't mean you have to accept their sin but just try to see them through the eyes of the Father instead of looking at their faults.

A wise steward must have something to give to others. You can only give time and love to others if you are abiding in Christ and drawing strength and wisdom from Him. You must renew yourself daily from the fountain of God before you will have any left over to share with those around you in need.

So a wise steward is one who is alert to the needs of others and makes themselves available. One who refrains from looking at the faults of those around them but, rather, is accepting of everyone no matter their race or circumstances. And one who draws their own strength daily from God. Just as Jesus did while He was here on earth, a wise steward is always putting the needs of others before himself. God has given each of us responsibilities, things and people to care for. If we are wise stewards, He gives us even more responsibilities, things and people to care for. Your home, children, job, friends and even your pets are gifts from God. He expects you to give each one the time and attention it needs. You could so easily lose everything you have, except by the grace of God. But even greater than my fear of losing everything is my fear of letting God down. "Lord make my living more and more like thine!"



Jesus said in Matthew 10:39 that if a man is to find his life, he must lose it. The only way we can lose our lives while we are yet living is to turn them completely over to God and become servants to Him and to those around us. The rewards are boundless.



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