by Joseph MillerStewardship of Life Challenges-Part 2
The challenges for the stewardship of time, talent, testimony, and treasure included in this series could be, as the author suggests, gathered together for incorporation in stewardship-emphasis month messages, or spaced throughout the year-whether accompanying sermons or printed in congregational letters. Each challenge is in the form of a pledge designed to be considered by individual members of the church.
Joseph Miller, who heads Discovering Life Ministries, is a church development consultant and publisher of
The Church Planter-a Comprehensive Manual for Church Development.
Stewardship of Talent Challenge
I am a unique individual designed by God, who has a plan for my life. There is no one else like me. Furthermore, my God-given task is unique. I am not to compare myself to others (2 Cor. 10:12). I am not expected to fill anyone else's shoes.
But, when I compare myself to the standard of Scripture, I recognize that I have weaknesses that God does not condone nor allow me to excuse. He wants to use me to His glory as I am surrendered to His control and will (Rom. 12:1, 2).
I am an indwelt person. When I received eternal life by trusting Christ as my personal Savior, I also received the Holy Spirit to permanently live in me for the purpose of bringing glory to Christ (John 14:17; 16:14). He is my constant companion and enabler. The Bible teaches that I must yield to Him to enjoy His control (Eph. 5:18).
I am a talented person. God has given me natural abilities and great potential that can be realized only when surrendered to the influence and development of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He will provide the discipline that I need to use my talent for God's glory. I will not know my potential unless I am fully surrendered to the Holy spirit, study the Scriptures, follow the directions and accept the equipping of spiritual leaders, pray and accept the challenges that are set before me.
I am a gifted person. In addition to the gift of the Holy Spirit who indwells me (1 Cor. 6:19, 20), I have also received from the Lord at least one spiritual gift. This undeserved spiritual endowment, exceeding my natural abilities, is provided for service to the body of Christ that the Holy Spirit placed me into when I became a Christian (2 Cor. 12:13). God gifted me as it pleased Him (1 Cor. 12:18). I have a specific, defined responsibility to function as a part of the body in order for it to function in its diversity with effective spiritual unity.
I am a blessed person. The Lord has directed me to a church that honors the Word of God. My pastor loves his flock and wants to help me grow up spiritually. He is God's gift to the church who can help me know my abilities and gifts, and equip me to serve so that I may grow (Eph. 4:11-16). I am surrounded in the church with people who care for me, pray for me, and encourage me. My church gives me opportunities to serve so I may grow by using my gifts, resulting in reaching others for Christ.
Therefore, I am hereby renewing my commitment to yield all that I am to Him for His service. I accept my stewardship of talent.
(Keep this as a reminder. Speak to the pastor if you are burdened to become more involved in serving.)