If you were to randomly ask 100 people “do you want to live a life of purpose and fulfillment?” I believe the high majority (90+) would answer “yes”. 7 Realms of Stewardship
Every follower of Christ wants their life to count, by honouring God and fulfilling his plans for their life. The question is what is Gods will for my life and how do I fulfill it?
These past few weeks I have had some down time to spend listening to the Lord, through which I heard him speak to me about “stewardship”. Stewardship in the sense of living a life, that one-day will bear the words “well done my good and faithful servant”.
Here are the seven realms of stewardship the Lord downloaded to me. Seven areas in which every person right now can grow in, and intentionally position themselves for increase and promotion.
1. Stewarding Time:
Time is the one commodity that every person has an equal share of. Time does not discriminate concerning race, age, demographic, wealth, colour, etc. We are either time poor or time rich, depending on your perspective.
Ephesians 5:15-16 “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil”.
Wisdom is a key for stewarding time and the bible tells us in James 1:5 “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
The word "redeem" means, “to compensate for the faults, or to gain or regain possession”. Is it possible that as we steward time with wisdom, that there manifests an enabling to regain time that has been lost or foolishly spent, therefore creating “time miracles”? YES, I believe so.
The God who lives outside of time can supernaturally give us more, removing the connotation “bound by time”. 2 Peter 3:8 “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day”.
2. Stewarding Gifts, Talents & Ideas:
Each one of us has been given at least one thing in which we can do, and give attention to. The problem most often is that we get so side tracked doing a little bit of everything that we end up doing nothing about anything.
Proverbs 18:16 “A person's gift opens doors for him and brings him before the great”.
The reality or outworking of this truth is that the very gift/gifting’s that the Lord has given to us, all have the potential to bring us before kings, leaders, people of influence, and the like.
A suggestion I have to help you identify the gifts and talents on your life is what I call “define and refine”. Intentionally and strategically defining, amongst what can often be a gamut of ideas and interests, and then refining what you have just defined.
Also pay attention to what excites and drives you, and also to what you dislike and cannot stand…as you may be called to create and release the opposite.
1 Peter 4:10-11 “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen”.
3. Stewarding Wealth & Resource:
I once heard a podcast on wealth, it divided money into two areas: “seed” and “bread”. The crux of the message was that every dollar you have is ether seed or bread, and that it doesn’t prosper you in anyway if you eat your seed or sow your bread.
It’s wise to ask the Lord what percentage of my wealth is to be given and/or invested (sown into good soil) and what percentage is for daily living (bread).
As we are wise, integrous and spirit lead regarding our wealth and resource, this will intimately position us for increase as God is able and confident to entrust us with more.
Luke 16:10 "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities”.
Proverbs 27:23 “Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds”.
4. Stewarding our Salvation:
Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me”.
Philippians 2:12 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…”
Each one of us, from the age of understanding has been given the responsibility to work out his or her own salvation. The night before Jesus was to be crucified, he prayed to the father asking if this cup of suffering could be taken away, yet he then he said, “not my will, but yours be done”. I believe that when Jesus said this, he was referring to the cross, therefore for us to take up our cross daily is to simply say, “not my will, but yours be done”. I don’t believe God ever intended his will for our lives to be illusive; meaning that you don’t’ need to spend your lifetime searching for it. The foundation of fulfilling his will for your life is found in denying it.
John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”.
Eternal life is not living forever, it’s actually a relationship; living forever is a by-product of this relationship.
5. Stewarding the Kingdom:
Mat 16:13-20 “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah”.
When we receive a revelation of who He is, He gives us a revelation of who we are.
Right now as a born again believer, we have entered the kingdom (this is where we now live form and have our being, as Jesus outlines to Nicodemus in John 3)…we are no longer waiting to physically die to get there.
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…”.
Ephesians 2:6 “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus”.
As we see in Ephesians 2:6, we now see from a heavenly perspective, we have forfeited our “world-view” and replaced it with a kingdom one. And in Romans 14:17, Paul tells us that the kingdom is not a matter of corruptible things, but of “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. Meaning our very emotions and nature have now transitioned from a natural experience into a spiritual dimension.
As by-locational new creations, seated in the place of all authority (with Christ – not beside or below him) let us live a life worthy of the call. Stewarding well our inheritance, and the keys of the kingdom that have been handed to us, let us see as He sees and do as He does.
Luke 12:48 “…to whom much is given, much is required”.
6. Stewarding Opportunity & Breakthrough:
Every blessing, reward and victory is an opportunity for God to do it again.
Rev 19:10 “…For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”.
Everything that He is, has done and is doing, becomes a declaration for it to manifest again. One problem is, is that we only often walk out to the degree, of the level of revelation we have received.
1 Samuel 17:36 “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God”.
In this passage of scripture we see David, who is just sheppard boy at the time, come to king Saul and release testimonies of past victories as a prophetic word of what he will now do to Goliath, who is currently insulting and challenging the nation of Israel.
Mark 5:25-29 “ A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition”.
Mark 6:56 “And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed”.
Here we read in the above two chapters of Mark, how one ladies breakthrough (healing), became such a powerful testimony, that people in other towns then began to do the same as her (ultimately stewarding and releasing through belief a prophetic word that God would do it again).
Psalms 37:23 “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives”.
7. Stewarding Relationships:
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others”.
I love the fact that I get to help create opportunity and platforms for others, it’s something that I actually want to be remembered for. What if the above scripture is talking just as much about people’s personal interests like gifting’s and talents, as much as it is about daily concerns like helping someone with their children, doing the groceries, etc. You then end up being part of a community where everyone else is looking out for you and your destiny, just as you are looking out for them and their destines (an exponential increase of opportunity that you could not establish on your own).
I pray and hope this article has blessed you.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans”.
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