Indeed, as we enter into a time when we consider the ways in which we steward our blessings, or take care of what God has given to us, we realize how stewardship involves not just our financial resources but our time and talent as well. What blessings does God want you to give?
It might seem counterintuitive, but God is blessing us, even now, even with all the challenges we face. God is blessing us, and entrusting us with gifts to share with others.
It is why we want to invite you to write a story of blessing. We can gain strength from others when we hear what the Lord is doing in their lives. After all, that is what stewardship is about: it is about taking care of what the Master has given us and then turning around and blessing others.
In Jesus’ parable, we learn what it means to take care of what the Master has provided, We learn how a faithful and wise servant is one who, when placed in charge of the household, knows how to care for it when the Master leaves (Matthew 24:35-41).
In this parable, the wise and faithful servant works when the master is away (Matthew 24:45-47). That is, he works on sharing with others, making sure the house is in order, getting out the message, being responsible, treating others with respect, unlike the unwise and unfaithful servant who pretends to work and who partieswhen the master is gone (Matthew 24:48-49). After all, with the unwise and unfaithful servant, there is only pretense, there is only dishonesty and lying, as he mistreats other servants and wreaks the household. The unwise and unfaithful servant is only playing the part.
To which Jesus points out the consequences: such unwise and unfaithful people will find themselves outside the realm of God’s grace when it is over (Matthew 25:30). There will be crying and teeth grinding (Matthew 24:51).
What does Jesus' parable teach us about taking care of our resources and treasures? What does it communicate about acting faithfully when the Master is away?