Recently for work, my colleagues and I read an article by Key Herr Gillespie called "Rumination: The Concept of Stewardship Applied to Higher Education." Remember, I work at a university, running a residence hall and all.
Now of course, as the name implies, the article dealt with the concept of stewardship in higher education. The using of resources, the caring for students, the working with constituents.
But the more I read the article, the more and more I started thinking about stewardship as applied to the Lord.
According to Gillespie: "To be a steward is not to have ownership of something. It is rather to
have the responsibility of taking care of something on behalf of another."
And right there, reading those two lines I saw the world and my body and my life come into focus. All of those things in the palm of the Lord's hand, outstretched to me, with Him saying "now take good care of the things I've given you."
Have you ever really thought about our lives? Our bodies? Our possessions? Our loved ones?
They have never belonged to us. Not really anyway.
They are on loan.
They belong to the Lord
We have been given the responsibility of taking care of them on behalf of another. On behalf of the Lord, until he comes again, or until we leave to live with Him.
I don't know about you, but my mind is blown!
Truly. This is big stuff.
If we really start to see our lives and every thing in them as belonging to God, where does that leave us?
How does that shape the way we live the big and small moments of our lives?
How does that change the way we view our possessions and the things that we "own?"
How does that affect the way we spend our money?
How does that impact the way we grieve and deal with loss?
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."