This month’s theme is one that is often ignored, because we really don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s not death, but close — stewardship: or as Beth Anne told me, taking care of God’s stuff. We don’t like to talk about it because down deep, we can’t bring ourselves to admit it’s God’s stuff. We fool ourselves into believing it’s ours. We have money because we got a good job and worked hard. We’re talented because we recognized an innate ability and developed it. And time! Don’t even go there! Surely any time we can carve out of our busy, productive life is our own. We’ve earned the right to some relaxation!
The Bible tells us this kind of thinking is dead wrong. We’re the managers, not the owners, of everything we have, even ourselves. God made the world, and God made us. He gives us our daily bread, and so much more. He expects us to use all these things wisely.
So this month I hope we’ll see lots of posts on our time, talent and treasure. What are we doing with them? Are we being good stewards? Are we multiplying them or squandering them? Are we using them to build up or tear down? Will we hear the words “good and faithful servant” the day we meet Jesus in eternity?
Of course, at times we may be led to go off topic and post what the Spirit has put on our heart. We are after all “free in Christ.” I look forward to this month together. Readers, don’t hang back. Use your ideas to encourage us. We want to hear from you.
The Bible tells us in the Book of Genesis:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Since God is the Creator, doesn’t it make sense that humankind, the children He made in His image, would also be creative? God gave us “dominion” over the world and blessed us with the instructions that we should “be fruitful and multiply.” This reminds me of the parable of the talents …. the master trusts his servants to be good stewards of what they have been given. I guess we could take these words superficially and say, well, we’re supposed to populate the earth and work diligently to receive a good return for our labor, but I think God meant for us to go beyond that.
God blessed each one of us with a unique personality and abilities. Some of us will be artists, writers and craftsmen, but creativity doesn’t stop there. We can all imagine creative ways to do what we love to do. There are creative parents, teachers, business owners and cooks. There are people who get creative about ways to be generous, ways to relate to different cultures, ways to invent useful gadgets. I think people feel most completely fulfilled when they’re getting creative about the things they find fascinating and enjoyable; the things God created them to do, to understand or to learn about.
What gets your creative juices going? What are the talents God gifted you with? Are you spending your time on them? If not, why not? Start now.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 8:6-8
I had to chuckle when I read Leslie’s post about the gift of gab ….that is so not my gift, although it’s one I admire and sometimes wish I had. I’m a quiet introvert, so I guess my gift is …. holding my tongue? …..listening? ….silence? What would be the opposite of gab?
My gift can get me in trouble, too. Sometimes I don’t speak up when I should. Sometimes people misperceive me as snobby or aloof or unfriendly. Sometimes I think of just the right words of sympathy or encouragement …just a little too late.
It’s easy to envy somebody else’s gift, but it’s a bad way to spend my time. Isn’t it better to give thanks for the wide variety of talents and personalities God has created? When we get together with someone who has different abilities than we do, great things happen. We complement each other. We balance things out. We can accomplish things together that we couldn’t do alone. God planned it that way.
“But, as it is, God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were one member, where would be body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” 1 Corinthians 12: 18-20