by Rob Campbell
In Luke 16:1-13 (take time to peruse this text), we see a beggar, a digger, and a steward. A beggarâ€™s motivation is survival. He wants to make it through another day. A diggerâ€™s motivation is success. Heâ€™s digging for gold. Heâ€™s on an insatiable journey to â€œmake it bigâ€ and â€œturn a deal.â€ A stewardâ€™s motivation is significance. She wants to leave behind a legacy. She wants to invest in souls and the kingdom of God.
The story teaches us that we must give an account to God for our stewardship. Stewardship is much broader than how we manage and allocate money. It also includes the management/allocation of our time, influence, expertise, abilities, and resources. Speaking of resources, the use of oneâ€™s resources is a test of values, character, and heart. Further, the management of oneâ€™s resources is a preparatory lesson for other responsibilities before God.
Indeed, life is an exercise in stewardship.
David displays to us a majestic heart of a giver in 2 Samuel 24:10-25. He refuses to give something to God that doesnâ€™t cost him something personally. The root of this reality is worship (a continuous preoccupation with God). In other words, he refuses to worship God on the cheap. The result of his gift is acceptable unto God (see 1 Chronicles 21:25-28).
Beggars beget beggars. Diggers beget diggers. Stewards beget stewards. A cell leader who doesnâ€™t steward well probably will beget a cell leader who doesnâ€™t steward well. I wonder what the cell members might be like in such a reality?
Leadership is modeling.
May your cell and church family experience Acts 2:43a, 44, 46b: â€œ A deep sense of awe came over them allâ€¦ They shared everything they hadâ€¦They sold their possessions and shared the proceeds with those in needâ€¦They shared their meals with great joy and generosity.â€