The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15
Jesus teaches about God’s Kingdom using the parable of a master who entrusts three of his servants with bags of gold to care for and grow his wealth (Matthew 25:14-30). A similar thing happens at the beginning of the Bible. God creates the world, puts Adam in a garden, and entrusts him with its care and growth.
God is the owner of everything he entrusts to Adam, and he is the owner of everything he entrusts to us. In Jesus’ parable, the master gives his own gold to his servants for them to invest and multiply his interests. Likewise, God gives us everything we have to invest in and multiply his Kingdom. This truth may be new to you, and a bit challenging, but it’s a pathway that leads to freedom.
We are the managers (stewards) of what God has given us. This frees us to have what we have without it owning us. God, as owner, makes us managers of our home, car, abilities, money, children, marriage and even our bodies. As faithful managers, we’re to bring order and excellent care to all God has given us. We find purpose, joy and contentment through increasing God’s Kingdom and guiding others to him.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Create a list of five things in your life that you want to remember God owns. As you move through your day, use that list as a starting place to remind yourself to manage well the things God has entrusted to you.
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is Matthew 27.
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