A steward has charge over someone else’s possessions. This is a basic principle of stewardship.
I Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
We’re not our own (I Corinthians 6:20). Everything in the world belongs to God.
Psalm 24:1-5 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
As a steward, we can’t do our own thing. A steward is faithful – consistent, dependable, stedfast, true to God, firmly holding onto what God wants. If we’re not sanctified, we’ll want to do our own things in life. When things go wrong, we’ll forget that God owns everything. Abraham was 75 years old when God told him to move to another place that he would show him. He got up the next morning and started moving. He didn’t murmur or complain but just obeyed.
Genesis 12:1-4 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and…father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed…Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed…
Abraham had lots of animals to move and all the belonging of their group. Would you be willing and ready to move the very next day? It’s important to obey when God says to do something, to automatically get up and do it. When God asked Abraham to go to Mt. Moriah and sacrifice his son, he got up the next morning and went.
Genesis 22:1-3 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
The faithful are in the lineage of Abraham to inherit all the blessings. God called Abraham faithful because he obeyed.
Galatians 3:6-9…Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith…are the children of Abraham. And…foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they…of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Abraham didn’t know where he was going but was willing to be obedient and follow what God said to do.
Hebrews 11:8-11 By faith Abraham, when…called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob…For he looked for a city…whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive…a child when she was past age…judged him faithful who had promised.
Abraham had faith in the promise of the world being blessed through Isaac. He believed God could raise him from the dead.
Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
When the king found out why Nehemiah was sad, he let him go back to Jerusalem to build the wall of the city. The walls were rebuilt in 52 days. When it was time to go back to his job in Babylon, he put his brother Hanani in charge with Hananiah who was faithful and feared God. He gave them orders to keep the city safe so the enemy would come in.
Nehemiah 7:1-3 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built…That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many. And I said…Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.
When the enemy comes like a flood, God will raise a standard or flag to gather to so we can fight the enemy. God wants a people who are faithful and consistent in devotions (reading the Bible, praying), regardless of whatever trial comes. He wants us to do the job he gave us. The root cause of being faithful is because we love God consistently every day. Daniel and his three friends were about 16 years old when they were brought to Babylon. They were the only ones we read about purposing to be faithful and to not defile themselves. They had completely sold out to do God’s will and not defile themselves. Others from Jerusalem did what the people of Babylon did and wanted to be like them. God blessed Daniel and his friends for their stand and gave them 10 times as much wisdom and understanding as the others.
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
When Daniel was about 85 years, his purpose to not defile himself had not changed. All the presidents and princes tried to find fault in him but they couldn’t. Daniel had an excellent spirit. We need an excellent spirit – not grumpy, grouchy, lying, or having a bad attitude. The reason for bad attitudes is because of what we want in our flesh. God can help us grow so people see an excellent spirit and attitude in us. We need to live so it won’t be easy for people to find fault in us.
Daniel 6:3-7 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents and princes assembled…said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All…have consulted together to establish a royal statute…that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
The men only found fault that he served God. They made a law that anyone who asked God for help would be cast into the den of lions. Daniel was still consistently praying every day after the law passed. God protected him in the lions’ den.
Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open… he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
It takes 21 days to establish a habit. Daniel had a habit of praying and had been doing it more than 21 days. We need a habit of having devotions, reading our Bible and praying every day to have a personal relationship with God. We need to set our alarm so we can read our Bible and pray before we go to work or wherever we have to go. Being faithful means we’re consistent every day. There’s a reward for being faithful. The talents God gives will increase as Jesus said in the parable of the talents. The master said, “Well done thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:14-30). One of the first talents we get is to open our mouths and praise God for what he’s done for us. The master said to the one who hid his talent, “Thou wicked and slothful servant…” We need to consider Jesus and Moses when we think about being faithful.
Hebrews 3:1-6 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider…Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour…For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony…spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Moses was 80 years old and was faithful to do it when God said to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. God wants us to be faithfully consistent in devotions to read the word of God and pray. We must hold fast our confidence and rejoicing of hope to the end. If there’s no rejoicing, something is wrong. We can always have rejoicing about salvation, even if we’re sad or grieving. It doesn’t mean we’re always smiling but we are rejoicing that we’re saved.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)