God is the Maker and Owner
God created and thus owns all
No one should ever claim to be the master of
the universe. We were entrusted to be stewards
of what truly belongs only to God.
While we may believe and acknowledge this
with our minds and tongues, the ramifications
of God's ownership over everything are
Our mission is not to accumulate all of our
wants and desires, to assert arrogant
superiority over others, or to lord over and
behave as if we are more important than
someone and have a right to, but to become
acutely aware, to dare to translate what is
going on in the world into our own personal
suffering, and to try to find what each of us
can do about it. This is man's whole
responsibility. For God will bring every good,
wicked, and covert deed into judgment.
God is Ultimately the Sole
and Rightful Creator and Owner
of the Earth and all it contains.
God is over all, through all
and in all, regardless of what
some may think.
God has temporarily entrusted His
creation into our care to accomplish
His work here on earth. We are not
owners, but stewards established
To be responsible stewards of God's creation,
we must first recognize God's position as the
Creator and real Owner of all that exists—
both the visible and unseen universes.
Our basic duty as stewards is to show
appreciation and do our part to nurture and
safeguard everything that the God, our
Creator, has entrusted to us.
“In the beginning God created…”
This basic, uncomplicated; yet, profound
statement is the ultimate Ownership clause.
God commands us to do good, to be rich in good
works, to be kind, generous and ready to share
anytime and anywhere.
God entrusted everything He
created to humans, who are
created in His likeness.
A good steward is not the Master;
he carries no sense of entitlement to the assets
he manages. He is the one who diligently
guards the Master's belongings. It is his
responsibility to determine what the owner
wishes to be done with the Owner's assets and
then carry out His wishes.
When we sincerely believe that God is the
Creator and Owner of all things, and that He
has given all that He has made to us, it should
change the way we live.
God created and owns everything in our lives.
We must be stewards of all that we are and
everything we have, and we must recognize
everything comes from God.
A good steward is a servant who recognizes
that Jesus will return at any time. A good
steward is the individual who behaves like
they will be held accountable, at the
designated time, for their treatment of
Stewardship begins with a Who, not a what.
Stewardship begins with Who God is and what
God does, not with who we are and what we do.
When we begin with God, we know who we are
and what we are meant to do.
We are called to be responsible stewards
of God’s creation. If we approach humanity,
nature, and the environment without humble
amazement and wonder, if we no longer
speak the language of brotherhood and
love in our interactions with others, we will
have the mentality of masters, consumers,
cruel exploiters, unable to be good stewards
of God's creation.
In contrast, if we feel closely connected to all
that exists, then sobriety and caring comes
The act of giving for the benefit of someone who has
nothing to give in return, is an intentional decision to
look beyond oneself, to reach out and invest in
another... simply because it is the righteous thing
2 Corinthians 9:6–8,
God doesn't want to coerce
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also
reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will
also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has
decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And
God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times,
you may abound in every good work.
God’s ultimate desire is that we would give cheerfully.
God doesn’t want us giving out of fear, guilt, or pressure.
The charitableness God calls us to is not intended to be a
burden, but to help us to become rich in good works and
goodwill; to live charitably out of faith.
As we make our way through the Scriptures, we
see God's grace and compassion. As we choose to
follow God, He beckons us to follow His example
and be kindhearted, compassionate, charitable,
selfless and considerate.
Practicing generosity requires faith. In fact, it
might be the best way to determine how strong
our faith is. We are expected to do more than
feel love, we are asked to, selflessly, act on love.
Our desire to freely, willfully and generously give comes
from God. To have the means to be generous comes from
Jesus not only spoke about love,
He provided powerful actions
to match His teachings.
It is important to communicate love through our words,
but we must also do so through our actions and truth.
Truly loving a person will produce loving actions.
We can look people in the eyes and speak to the soul.
We can empathize and restrain judgment on others.
We can be present with others and listen more.We
can smile and inspire/encourage a stranger... and
make their day better.
We can pray for people and choose to be a
blessing despite our own circumstances.
Giving is a matter of the heart. Our hearts are not to be
bound up with worldly treasures. God wants our hearts to
be devoted to Him. God's grace and freedom keeps on
giving and transforms us into being more like Jesus, not
When we give we must be careful to examine our
motives. We should be giving for the glory of God and the
good of His people. We must desire God's approval of our
giving, rather than the praise and admiration of people.
Our giving is ultimately to God, Who is all-seeing and all-
knowing. Thus, may we give "As unto God."
God never asks us to give what we do not have or
contribute beyond our means. Scripture teaches that the
benevolence of God's blessings to us is bound to the
caring and grace of our giving. There is a connection
within our giving to God and God giving to us. As Paul
says in 2 Corinthians 9:6 "Now this I say, he who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows
bountifully will also reap bountifully."
Love and sincere deeds are never wasted. They bless
the recipient and the giver.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the busyness of life and
in ourselvesthat we forget that God calls us to lift each
other up,lend a helping hand, a listening ear, and a willing
We are giving when we can lift the spirit of another, when
there is a friendly gesture of compassion, a warm greeting
or a smile to others we come in contact with. Something
as simple as a smile can bring healing to a wounded soul.
The blessings that come from opening our arms to others
are among the choicest this earth has to offer, and these
are gifts everyone can afford to give.
There is always a window of opportunity to be a blessing.
We can be a blessing to others by speaking kind words or
extending a gentle touch... these gestures could spark or
put a burst of sunshine into another's day. We can be
a blessing by creating something meaningful for someone,
treating everyone, regardless of their station in life, with
respect and dignity. Respect is the most basic social
standard, from which all other basic social standards can
With no expectation of reward, let us lend a helping hand
to those in need, donate money, food, clothing and/or our
time to a good cause or individuals who can't make ends
meet. Let us share God's truth, give generously, share
encouraging words, share Scripture and testimonies,
pray for someone in need, and without judgment... lend
an ear and really listen. This, in and of itself, could turn a
These are just a few of the countless ways we can
be of service. May we open our hearts and be assured,
where there is another soul... there is an opportunity to be
Scripture makes it clear that God blesses us not so we can
live with greed, but so we can bless others. As we give
freely, out of love, God blesses us more. The more we
aspire to bless others, the more God will open for us His
Storehouse, the Heavens, to give rain to our land in its
season and bless all the work of our hands.
Helping others can make us happier.
The principle is clear:
We harvest in proportion to our
Let us not even think about criticizing another because of
their station in life... that is evil. Let us think how we
would feel into another person’s shoes.
Generous people give both financially and of themselves,
in a way that benefits the recipient. Their gifts may include
time, money, things, and encouragement.
Generous people are also able to receive in such a way that
the giver gains from the interchange. Their actions are
motivated by the needs of others, and not of themselves.
It’s Sunday night, the doors are locked, the lights are off,
and the parking lot is empty. Now, the rescued sinners are
done for another week... WRONG!
Church is NOT a building. Church is a people.
Rather than Church being a Sunday thing...
church should be our lifestyle.
Every student, ambassador, and disciple should be
carrying the mission of God into every sphere of life.
We should be going beyond the walls of the church
sharing the Good News of the Kingdom with others!
We could share Divine Truths about happiness.
How to Love, and realize Peace,
Freedom, Safety, Intelligence, Respect,
Equality, Justice, and how to see and appreciate
God's mastery all over Nature!
Let us not ignore or try to escape the suffering
of the world. The Gospel brings us to life
and asks us to press into the city where we live
and be the light.
The Gospel invites us to step into places of injustice
as people of righteousness.
Shine your light so bright
that it drowns out the darkness.
Look for ways to be a blessing to somebody.
Your struggles have prepared you for such a time as this.
Helping others out of LOVE
is always our best option.
We should not be merely an influence, we should be an
inspiration. By our very own presence we should be
a tower of strength
to the hungering souls around us...
even when no one is watching.
Far too often, some have embraced a pronounced
Some are guilty of de-humanizing and de-personalizing
those who are from different stations in life.
These divisions provide the necessary rationalization
They spawn and perpetuate
classes of lower and undesirables and
make it very possible for great atrocities to take place.
Their positions are based on another's money,
class, education, upbringing, and basically...
all of the superficial aspects.
We should cultivate a mentality in which we see ourselves
not as transients residing
in an ivory tower,
but as God-fearing souls,
seeking first the Kingdom of God
while having this human experience.
To help the poor is to honor God.
How many different thoughts and judgments
pass through our minds when we look at people?
"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds
before men, to be seen by them.
Otherwise you have no reward
from your Father in Heaven.
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed,
do not sound a trumpet before you
as the hypocrites do
in the synagogues and in the streets,
that they may have glory from men.
Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But when you do a charitable deed,
do not let your left hand know
what your right hand is doing,
that your charitable deed may be in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret
will Himself reward you openly.
Just like Christ, may we excel in
the grace of sowing generously to
others, and may we give, in faith,
with a cheerful heart.