No. 944 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 16 July 2017
- CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP
Bishop Dinualdo shared his insights one Stewardship with around 200 CFC members, 15 July 2017, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Gym, General Santos City. Thanks to Fr. Manny, CP, Parish Priest.
Stewardship is personal responsibility for taking care of another person’s property or financial affairs.
FOUR PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP
Bill Peel wrote an essay entitled “Leadership in Stewardship”. He suggests four important principles.
- The Principle of Ownership
“To Yahweh belong earth and all it holds, the world and all who live in it.””
“Yahweh God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it” (Gen. 2: 15-16). It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him.This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
Stewardship is thus the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves.
We might say: “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” (Deut. 8: 17). But Deuteronomy 8:18 says otherwise:“Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
- The Principle of Responsibility
God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it.Responsibility is ability to respond. We should develop ourselves to be able to discharge effectively and efficiency our task of stewardship: adequate knowledge acquisition, values formation, skills training, etc.
- The Principle of Accountability
One day God will ask us to give an account for how we have managed what the master has given us.
Parable of the talents (Mt. 25: 14-30)
The talent was not a coin; it was a weight. Coin should be copper, gold or silver. Silver was more common.
The Master gave one servant 5 talents; a second, 2 talents and the third one talent. The first did business with the 5 and earned 5 more; the 2nd, earned another 2; but the third did not work – he hid it. Lazy.
Accounting time came. Master was happy with the two earners and gave them more work. Master was unhappy with the non-worker – he was thrown into the dark – he lost an opportunity tobe productive.
- abilities/resources differ.
- God gives us everything we need to perform what he has called us to do.
- Success is a product of work.
- We work for God, not for ourselves.
- God will hold us accountable for everything we have been given: time, talent, treasure, etc.
We will all give account to God as to how well we managed the resources he has entrusted to us.
- The Principle of Reward
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trusty you will greater, come and join in your trust Master’s happiness” (Mt. 25: 21-22: The happiness of the heavenly bouquet”, footnote, Jerusalem Bible.) same to the one who earned two more talents.
Col 3: 22-24 “whatever your work is, put your heart into it as if it were for the Lord and not for men, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.
“We used to be faithful stewards of all God has given us within the opportunities presented through his providence to glorify him, to serve the common good and further his Kingdom
Ad Maioem Dei Glorian
(For the greater glory of God.)