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Study to show thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Tim 2:15

Bible Studies

Stewardship

Romans 14:12- So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 

I, like you, have heard the words “steward” and “stewardship” many times before.  I have heard such words uttered from the pulpit, employers and they have even been spoken from my own lips.  I never really took time to look at exactly what stewardship is, and, more importantly, what it means regarding my individual responsibility.  I never really look at stewardship, until now.

What I have learned has changed and is continuing to change my life.  It is my earnest hope and prayer that this series of Bible studies on stewardship will be a blessing to you, and will bring you closer to the Savior. 

The word “stewardship”, for many people (myself included), has conjured up one resounding thought . . .  Tithes!  While the Bible is very plain about how God feels about this subject, I will not be focusing on this part of stewardship until much later in the series.  There is much more that we are stewards over besides our personal finances.

The word “steward” in the Hebrew and Chaldee languages translates to “a head person (of any rank or class): captain that had rule, chief (captain), general, governor, keeper, lord, (task) master, principal, ruler, steward.” 

In the Greek oikonomos; oy-kon-om-os – “a house-distributor (i.e. manager), or overseer ( employee in that capacity); by extens. a fiscal agent (treasurer); figuratively a preacher of the gospel, chamberlain, governor, steward. 

Webster’s Dictionary defines “steward” this way: “a person entrusted with the management of the affairs of others.”  “Entrust” means “to commit something or someone to one’s care for use or speaking.” 

In the book of Luke, chapter 16, verses 1-12, Jesus tells the parable of the unjust steward.  In the Greek, the word “unjust” is “adikia” pronounced ad-ee-kee-ah, which means: (legal) injustice (prop. the quality by impl. The act); mor. wrong fullness (character, life or act); iniquity, unjust, unrighteousness, wrong. 

Luke 16:1-2

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is talking to His disciples.  He tells them the parable of the rich man who had a steward.  The steward was accused of wasting his lord’s goods. 

When this was told to the rich man, he called the steward to himself.  All of his privileges were taken form him, and his lord demanded to know everything he had done.  The steward had to give an account of his stewardship. 

Luke 16:3-7

In these four verses we learn that the steward devises a plan for two reasons.  1. Because he knows that he is in trouble.  2.  Because he knows of no other way to support himself.  Verse 3 – “Then the steward said within himself, what shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship.  I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed.”  Verse 4 – “I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.”  In verses 5-7, the plan is implemented.  The steward contacts all of the people who owe his lord and fixes their bills.  Basically, the steward lies and tells them to lie also.  Verses 5-7- “So he called everyone of his lord’s debtors unto him and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?  And he said an hundred measures of oil.  And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.  Then said he to another, and how much owest thou?  And he said, an hundred measures of wheat.  And he said unto him, take thy bill, and write four-score.” 

It may be seen clearly in these verses of Scripture, that the steward does this knowing that when he needs a favor from his lord’s debtors that they will remember what he had done.  What he did was very deceptive and it worked.  The Bible says that even the lord of that steward commended him on what he did because it was wise according to the world’s standards.  The Lord Jesus thought so too.  Verse 9 – “And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” 

But, in verses 10-12, Jesus says that he that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much.  Verses 10-12 – “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s who shall give you that which is your own?”

 So, on the surface it appears that the steward came up with a good idea, but this is not the end of the matter.  Let us not forget that he lost the stewardship.  He lost his good reputation, and no one will trust him with that type of stewardship again.  What will happen to him in a year or two when the gratefulness of the debtors waxes short?

Having read about the unfaithful steward, let us begin to look at what is necessary to be a faithful one.  We already know that a steward is someone who cares for and/or maintains the belongings of another.  The first thing that we need to understand is that nothing that we have belongs to us.  What!  That’s not right! I work hard, and I have earned everything I have.  No way!  My mother, husband, sister, boss (insert various names here) ________________ gave this to me.  Really?  I thought the same thing . . .  ,that is until I looked a little closer.  What I found out was, that everything I have, came from God, or was allowed by God.  All that we have is a gift or reward from God.  I know what you’re thinking.  Let’s just say that it’s true, a gift is something given to you with no strings attached.  Am I right so far?  When I buy a birthday present for someone, I just give it to them, no strings attached, right?  Hmmm, let me think a minute.  Actually when most people buy a gift (myself included), we give the gift hoping that the person we bought it for likes it.  We hope that they will use the gift and take care of it.  We hope that they won’t toss it, or hide it, or sell it at a garage sale.  We give gifts in anticipation of their usefulness, and enjoyment for the person to whom it is given.  So I guess that there is at least 1 string attached, called expectation. 

Just as we look to others to take care of the gifts that we give, so our Heavenly Father has expectations concerning us.  All that we have, whether it be our home, our talents, our wealth, or our children, belongs to God.  Everything that we have is because God has allowed us to have it. 

Take my husband and me for example.  It doesn’t matter that I went out with my husband to look for the home we live in.  Yes, we were the ones who talked about buying a home, and we were the ones who contacted a real estate office.  And yet again, we were the ones who looked at several homes, finally chose one, and paid for it (well, at least the down payment!).  But in reality, it was God who gave my husband strength and the ability that he has.  God gave him the job that provides the income that allows us to pay the mortgage.  God even blessed the person with the ability to know how to build houses, and that built our house in the first place! (You can see how you could keep going on and on with this illustration)  In other words, everything that we have comes from God.  This means that we are stewards, and that God wants us to be GOOD stewards for Him. 

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” 

 

Expect. Tigvah, Tikvaw’

Hope, live, thing that I long for.

The root word is gavah kaw-vaw; a prime root; to bind together(perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect: to expect gather (together), look, patient, tarry, wait (for, on, upon ). 

So we see that there is one string attached, so to speak, and that is expectation. 

 

As wives, mothers, keepers at home, Titus 2 women and then some, i.e.(Grandmothers, daughters, aunts well you get the picture).  It is soooo important that we be the best stewards, of all that God has given us.  Because all these positions share one thing in common, they allow us to have great influence over and in the lives of others. . . . It is we who set the tone in the home.  We who are the helpmeets to our husbands.  We who are to teach the younger women.  Gen. 2:18, Titus 2:3-5, Proverbs 31.

 

If we truly understood the stewardship of the many bonnets that we wear, we would not have time for gossip, self-pity, depression, discontentment or any of the other things that so easily knock the spiritual wind out of us.  Nor would we have time to step into positions that were never meant for us to begin with, such as women who take on the role of being pastors. 

 

God has given us so many gifts, just a few of those are:

The gift of Salvation                  Luke 3:6, Luke 1:68-69, Luke 2:10-11

The gift of Eternal Life          Romans 6:23, John 10:28

The gift of Faith                        Ephesians 2:8

The gift of Grace                       Ephesians 4:7

The gift of the Son                    John 3:16

 

Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart from out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therin day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”  If we are to be good stewards, if we want our homes to be God glorifying, if we want to be the best examples for the children and young women who will look to us for Godly examples  . . . It is paramount that we fully understand what great gifts we have and how we are to care for them.  Over the course of the next few weeks we will look at some of those gifts/bonnets that we have/wear, and the stewardship requirements of each. 

 

Those topics in no particular order are: 

Home                           Entertainment                Our Testimony

Marriage                      Our Emotions               Soul-Winning

Parenting                      The Mind                     Persecutions

Finding a church           Friendship                    Disappointments

Worship                       Our Body

Tithes and offerings by Pastor Barry Lee

 

 

 

The Most Common Problems and Complaints

1. My husband is not leading.
2. My husband is not saved.
3. My husband is not serving.
4. My husband does not pay the bills.
5. My husband refuses to work.
6. My husband spends all of the money.
7. My husband drinks/ or does drugs.
8. My husband looks at pornography.
9. My husband does not show affection.
10. My husband does not talk to me.
11. My husband does not care.
12. My husband is never home.
13. My husband is having or has had an affair.
14. My husband is violent. (domestic violence)
15. My husband puts me down.
16. My husband won't discipline the children.
17. My husband won't pick up after himself.
18. My husband won't help.

Remember

Order
1. God
2. Husband
3. Children
4. Church
5. Others
6. Self

  1. God must be first. (Ephesians 20:3)
  2. Remember who God is. (Ephesians 20:2, Job 21:23, Psalm 9:10, I Peter 3:12)
  3. Take heed to the ministry of your marriage and home. (Colossians 4:17, Proverbs 31)
  4. Pray for your husband daily.
  5. Yield your rights to God and submit to your husband. (Ephesians 5:22-24,33)
  6. Trust God to supply your needs not your husband. (Phillipians 4:19)
  7. Your influence (Titus 2:3-6)


Marriage

  1. It was the first institution He (God) made.
  2. Marriage came before there was a church or government. God started it, ordained it, and blessed it. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:21-25)
  3. The first miracle Jesus performed He performed at a marriage celebration (John 2:1)
  4. It was the Lord who said that marriage was honorable. (Hebrews 13:4)
  5. God meant it to be permanent. (Mark 10:6-9)
  6. God hates the putting away (divorce). (Matthew 19:8-9, Malachi 2:16)
  7. God likens the Kingdom of Heaven as unto a certain king which made a marriage for his son (Matthew 22:2-10)
  8. We are invited to join Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:9)
  9. The Lord calls the joining of the body of Christ to the Lamb of God a marriage, and we are the Bride of Christ. (Revelation 19:7)



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