STEWARDSHIP - Motives of the Heart - TAMIL / Pr. Charles Raj Kumar

The Results of Stewardship

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Stewardship is the act of thriving while managing God’s call to live godly lives. God gives us the skill to live differently than we would live in any other lifestyle on earth (2 Cor. 6:17), as stewards, we should live as witnesses of the God we serve, which means that we should exert a powerful influence on those around us, an influence for good.

The Habits of A Steward

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Habits reveal purpose and direction in life. The pathway that a habit creates is the fastest way that you can take to get the reward you seek. A habit is an ingrained decision. Stewards who develop good habits are the most faithful stewards. Stewards who develop good habits are the most faithful stewards. Daniel had a habit of daily prayer (Dan. 6:10) and Paul’s custom was to be in the synagogue. (Acts 17:1, 2).

Debt - A Daily Decision

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In most cases, people don’t lend money out of the goodness of their hearts, they lend money because they want to earn more money in return. We should do all that we can to avoid debt. Of course, in certain circumstances—such as buying a house or a car, or getting an education—we need to borrow money. But it must be done as wisely as possible, with the intent of getting out of the debt as soon as possible. Yet, we must be careful. Spending money we don’t have is the gateway for God’s people to make covetousness and love of earthly treasures the ruling traits of their character. As long as these traits rule, salvation and grace stand back.

The Role Of Stewardship

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Because of the depth and breadth of stewardship, it is easy to get lost in the big picture, Stewardship is simple yet also complex, and thus easily can be misunderstood. “It is not a theory nor a philosophy but a working program. It is in verity the Christian law of living, it is not simply a matter of mental assent, but is an act of the will and a definite, decisive transaction touching the whole perimeter of life.”

Offerings Of Gratitude

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Our God is a giving God; this great truth is seen most powerfully in the sacrifice of Jesus. God gives and gives; it’s His character. Thus, we who seek to reflect that character need to give, as well. One way to give back what we have been given is through offerings. Our offerings present an opportunity to express gratitude and love. Giving generously whether from means, time, or talent is a powerful way of living our faith and revealing the character of the God whom we serve.

The Impact Of Tithing

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Tithing is an important expression of faith. It is one way to reveal, or test, the reality of our profession. The impact, use, importance, and methods of distribution in tithing are designed for our spiritual growth in supporting God’s work (When rightly understood, it serves as a spiritual measurement of our relationship with God.) and providing the financial foundation for preaching the gospel.

Honesty With God

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What is an honest heart, and how is it revealed? Contemporary culture often views honesty as some vague, relativistic ethic; most people are dishonest occasionally but consider it acceptable as long as the infringement is not too great. Honesty is a learned moral virtue and is at the core of a steward’s moral character. When we practice honesty, good things come of it. It is a valuable personality trait, especially under difficult situations when the temptation might easily be toward dishonesty.

The Marks of A Steward

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Stewards are known by their brand, or their distinctive mark, a Christian steward’s brand, or mark, is a reflection of Christ’s love through the relationship that he or she has with Him. When we live and practice the traits of Christ, our lives will reveal our brand. Our brand is His brand; our identities are blended with His (1 Cor. 6:17).

Stewards After Eden

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Adam and Eve’s first job involved stewardship. The garden and all creation were given to them to care for, to enjoy, and to have dominion over (Gen. 2:15), even though they owned none of it. Instead, they were stewards of what the Lord had entrusted to them. When we become God’s stewards, our focus on the world and its materialistic values changes to a focus on the Creator and His mission. As with Adam and Eve, God entrusts to us responsibilities of divine origin. Since the Fall in Eden, however, the task of stewardship has changed; along with the responsibilities of caring for the material world, we are also entrusted to be good stewards of spiritual truths.

Escape From The World’s Ways

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Although Satan failed with Jesus, he has succeeded with everyone else. He will continue to do so unless we fight in the armour and power of God, who alone offers us the freedom from the lure of the world. Our only hope to escape the allure of the world is a vital and successful relationship with Jesus.

God or Mammon?

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Serving God and serving money are mutually exclusive actions. It’s one or the other, God or mammon. It is a fantasy to think we can have it both ways, because living a double life will sooner or later catch up to us. We might fool others, maybe even ourselves, but not God, to whom we will one day have to give an account.

I See, I Want, I Take

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The love of money and material possessions can come at us from many different angles. ‘Go, make the possessors of lands and money drunk with the cares of this life, present the world before them in its most attractive light, that they may lay up their treasure here, and fix their affections upon earthly things.’ is the devil’s ploy to lure us through the wiles of materialism.

The Influence of Materialism

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The Word of God tells His people not to “be conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2, NKJV), but the lure of materialism, the inordinate desire for wealth and for what we think wealth can bring, is powerful. Very few people, whether rich or poor, are beyond the reach of materialism. This includes Christians, as well. Nothing is wrong with being rich, or even working hard to get ahead in order to provide comfortably for yourself and your loved ones. But when money, or the pursuit of money, becomes all-encompassing, we have fallen into the devil’s trap and have, indeed, become “conformed to this world.”