Kingdom Steward 

Our discipleship is expressed in the way we steward that with which we have been entrusted. When God created Adam and Eve He gave them the role of kingdom stewards, to subdue, rule over, work and take care of all of creation (Genesis 1:28, 2:15).
 

Unfortunately since sin entered the world, mankind has abandoned the role of kingdom stewardship – and substituted it with the role of owner. As Scott Rodin says ‘The defining mark of this fallenness is the shift in our self-understanding from steward to owner. This is a considerable shift! In defiance of the God who gives us all things freely, we become takers.’

With ownership comes our desire to build our own personal kingdom here on earth, a kingdom from which we gain our sense of identity, value and meaning. When we forsake stewardship, we become the centre of our world. Instead, God calls us to seek first His Kingdom and to be a steward of all the resources He gives to us; our time, our relationships, our bodies, our income, our possessions, our minds, talents, abilities and giftings.
 

The Rich Young Ruler lived for his own kingdom and desired to add God’s Kingdom to his life. He asked Jesus a two Kingdom question,  ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 
 

Jesus said ‘sell everything you have… and you will have treasure in heaven...’ Mark 10:21 He needed to submit his kingdom to God’s Kingdom. In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus taught us that we must be one Kingdom people –

‘No-one can serve two masters…’.
 

By storing our treasures in heaven, we recognize that all we have here on earth is God’s; we are merely stewards. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus uses the Parable of the Talents to teach us the quality of being a faithful Kingdom Steward.
 

‘The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’‘  Matthew 25:20-21 (NIV)

 

 

The Branches - Above the Surface

Jesus said ‘sell everything you have… and you will have treasure in heaven...’ Mark 10:21 

He needed to submit his kingdom to God’s Kingdom. In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus taught us that we must be one Kingdom people – ‘No-one can serve two masters…’. 

 

By storing our treasures in heaven, we recognize that all we have here on earth is God’s; we are merely stewards. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus uses the Parable of the Talents to teach us the quality of being a faithful Kingdom Steward. 
 

‘The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’‘ Matthew 25:20-21 (NIV)

 

 

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