Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I want you to turn with me to Luke, chapter 12, verse 20, and we are speaking on the subject, CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP.
God's Word says, ''It is required among stewards that a man be found faithful.'' The idea of stewardship means responsibility to someone greater than we are. We are placed in this world in a place of responsibility. We are responsible to God. A man who works for an employer or company is responsible to that employer or company. A child is responsible to his family. He is not to disgrace the name; he is to keep the family name unsullied. And you and I are accountable to GOD. Stewardship carries with it the sense of ACCOUNT- ABILITY. The day is coming when we will have to give an account to God for all that He has given us, for the use of the various things He has given to us, time, talent, money and so forth. Now that is a very solemn thing to think about, friends, the fact of stewardship and accountability to God! You and I are going to give an account of our lives to Him every last one of us, saved and unsaved.
But we are thinking now of CHRISTIAN stewardship to God. Of course, an unsaved man is in a mess; he is in terrible trouble. But we are speaking here of CHRISTIAN stewardship or accountability. Don't forget the Scripture: ''It is required among stewards that a man be found faithful.'' Faithful, with that which God has given us.
Now what are we supposed to be using for God, for which we shall give an account to God? Well, all of life. ALL of life!
STEWARDSHIP OF LIFE
In Luke 12:20 we read of a farmer whom God called a fool. This man, you remember, had his barns filled with plenty and a big crop coming on, and he sat down with himself one night and said, ''What am I going to do? I haven't room to store my goods. What shall I do with this new crop coming on? I know what I'll do; I'll pull down these barns and build larger barns. I'll fill ...
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