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Kingdom Stewardship: Embracing Our Divine Responsibility

Kingdom Stewardship: Sunday sermon from Pastor Brandon Hill of Transformation Christian Fellowship

Base Scripture: Genesis 2:5-7, 15-17 NKJV

Stewardship is a crucial principle that extends far beyond simple management of time or money. It’s about recognizing that every resource, relationship, and opportunity is a gift from God, entrusted to humanity to be used wisely and faithfully. In the Bible, stewardship is presented as a foundational aspect of living out one’s faith, calling believers to be responsible caretakers of all that God has given. This concept is not just a matter of duty but a profound expression of worship and obedience to God’s will. Exploring the idea of Kingdom Stewardship reveals how individuals can honor God by managing His gifts in alignment with His purposes. Let’s delve into what the Bible teaches about this vital responsibility and how it applies to everyday life.

Understanding Stewardship

Stewardship means managing what doesn’t belong to us. Everything in this world belongs to God. Psalm 24:1-2 (NKJV) says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.” We don’t own anything; we’re caretakers of God’s creation.

The Biblical Basis for Stewardship

God introduced stewardship right from the start. In Genesis 1:26-28, He gave humanity the responsibility to have dominion over the earth and its creatures. He created us in His image to reflect His care and governance over creation. Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) states, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”

Moreover, Genesis 2:15 (NKJV) shows that God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden “to work it and take care of it.” This means Adam was the first steward, tasked with managing and preserving God’s creation. It’s a principle that continues with us today.

Practical Stewardship

Stewarding Resources

Adam’s job was to manage and care for Eden. For us, this translates to caring for our environment, ensuring the sustainability of plants, animals, and natural resources. It’s about responsible management and preservation.

Stewarding the Word

Adam was given God’s command about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This highlights that stewardship involves spiritual obedience too. We must understand, internalize, and live out God’s word, guiding others in the process. Obeying God’s commands is a critical aspect of our stewardship.

Stewarding Free Will

We have the freedom to make choices, but those choices should align with God’s will. The story of the Fall in Genesis shows us that our decisions have significant consequences. Good stewardship means making ethical and morally sound choices that honor God and consider their long-term impact.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NKJV) reminds us that our choices matter. Faithful stewardship involves considering the consequences and making decisions that reflect God’s intentions.

Stewarding Relationships

We aren’t meant to do this alone. Stewardship includes building and nurturing relationships that support God’s kingdom. It’s about working together, supporting one another, and being accountable to each other.

Stewardship is a divine calling. It’s about recognizing that everything we have is from God and managing it well. Whether it’s our resources, God’s word, our free will, or our relationships, we are called to be faithful stewards. Let’s commit to being better caretakers of all that God has entrusted to us, honoring Him in every aspect of our lives. Together, we can fulfill God’s purposes and advance His kingdom here on earth.

For more insights and a deeper understanding, watch this message from Pastor Brandon Hill titled Kingdom Stewardship.

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