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Me and My Stewardship (5 of 6)
Series: Me and My Christian Life
Romans 12:1-5; I Corinthians 12:1-7
Steve N. Wagers
November 23, 2008
1. Gifts Powerfully Described!
A) Don't Misunderstand these Gifts
B) Don't Misuse these Gifts
2. Gifts Purposefully Distributed!
A) Sovereignly Given
B) Selectively Given
1) Gifts for Inward Enrichment
2) Gifts for Outward Enlargement
3. Gifts Personally Discovered!
A) A Matter of Lordship
B) A Matter of Stewardship
C) A Matter of Membership
You may have never thought of it this way, but as a child of God, and a member of His family, you are a gifted child. There is no only a gift that God has wrapped up for you; but, there is a gift that God has wrapped up in you.
You may feel unworthy and ungifted, but you are gifted. God is the One who has given you the gift. You are the recipient of good gifts from a great Giver.
Alexander the Great once gave a beautiful and priceless golden cup to a lowly servant. When the servant saw the gift, he said, "Oh no, that's too much for me to receive. Alexander the Great replied, "It is not too much for me to give."
In the realm of Christianity, we have divided workers into clergy, those in full-time ministry; and, laity, the one who are in the pew. A little girl was asked to define clergy and laity. She said, "The clergy are paid for being good; the laity are good for nothing."
If you are saved, you have not been saved to be good for nothing, but to be good for something. You have called to be a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has a ministry with your name on it, and He has given you all that you ever need to get the job done.
Someone has said that the average church is a "lot like a football game. Down there on the field are 22 men desperately in need of rest; and, up there in the stands are 50,000 people desperately in need of exercise."
Sadly enough, that's what we find in the average church today. The ones' doing most of the work are in desperate need of rest; and, the ones' doing nothing are in desperate need of exercise. There is a little amount of people who are doing a large amount of work.
Yet, every Christian has been saved to serve. Every Christian has received good gifts from a great Giver, and when used, those gifts keep on giving glory to the Giver of the gifts, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thus, when it comes to "Me and My Christian Life," once I understand the importance of my relationship, my partnership, my membership, and my fellowship; I must then come to grips with my stewardship.
Whenever we think of stewardship, we automatically think of it in terms of money. Of course, we know God expects us to be good stewards with the money He gives us, as well as the money we give Him.
However, true stewardship is not limited to money, but involves ministry. True stewardship is not just concerned with dollars, but devotion; not gold, but gifts. We are a steward of everything Go ...
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