Being Responsibile Ep. 8

Updated: Nov 16, 2021





Hi, welcome back to the Christian Lifestyle Challenge podcast, I'm your host Kaiana Lewis and this is a place where I bring up lifestyles that the word of God encourages us as followers of Jesus to apply to our lives.



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So in this episode, I want to talk about Stewardship.


I remember in College... about my sophomore year, I took a Bible class called SDA Fundamental Beliefs. And in that Bible class, we had to present a concept and I don't remember all the details of the project, all I remember is that I presented on Stewardship and I think the day I presented it to my little classroom was when I truly understood what stewardship meant.

You know they say that if you have a complex topic in a simple way then you really understand the topic.

For those of you who don't know, I'm a teacher hence the quote.

But in that presentation, I said that "stewardship is when you are at someone's house and your mom said, 'leave it better than you found it.'"

And that's essentially it.



Stewardship is walking into a dusty room and instead of leaving it the same, you go and sweep that room. And so you left that room better than you found It.

Most of yall are around my age and know a thing or two about the church. So I'm sure stewardship is not an unfamiliar word to you. And you probably know that God gives us things to take care of. In fact, that job you have, he gave you that and he wants you to be a good steward with that.



And that car he gave you even though it gives you some problems now and then, but he wants you to be a good steward over that too. And that living space, whether you have an apartment or you live with your parents. He wants you to be a good steward over that.

The bible says in Genesis 2:15, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it."



In this verse we see God creating something beautiful... and giving it to humans and saying, "it works wonderfully now, but find a way to make it work even better."



As a math teacher, I often find joy in giving my Algebra 1 students a math problem that functions perfectly fine, and then I ask them to make the math problem better. And this is essentially what God is doing to us.


Over and over again in the Bible God says, "Be good stewards, take care of the things that I have given you,"


He repeatedly shows this concept of responsibility.



And it is where God bestows responsibility on us, humans, to do things and take ownership of them.



We see this in Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," Where it takes the concept of responsibility and says, when you are in that thing, being responsible, leaving things better than you find it, that service of your responsibility, that action that results from responsibility, that should be towards God.



Because he is the one who owns that dusty room and said, hey, come inside this room for a minute. And when you walk in, you shouldn't go clean it because your boss might walk in or your spouse might pass by or your kids might be standing there watching you, but you should be doing it because it's God's dusty room that he called you into. If you clean that dusty room it is a service to God, so when God walks in, he's like wow, this is what you did to my room? I like it!



He talks about it more in Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 12:42-46



John captures the root of stewardship in John 3:27, "John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven."



Where he describes that everything you have is given from God, so we have literally nothing, and everything we have is on loan. It is being rented and leased out to us, not because we have money, or because we are paying those monthly bills, but because God said, that he'll buy it and we can use it for free.



That's why Deuteronomy 15:6 paints a picture of what it looks like for God's people to not be indebted,



There is this strong concept of stewardship that ties in everywhere in the Bible and I think it's important that we talk it today in this episode because it's we, as humans have a tendency to gather things and become materialistic.



In fact, I dare say, that out whole society is becoming materialistic to where it is all about what you have and have not. Oh, I have a car. I have a house, I have the new iPhone. I have the new speakers or headphones. I have jordans, I have the perfect outfit. I have, I have, I have.



And It's easy for us to get wrapped up in what I have, and the more we focus on what we have, the more our hearts get concerned with getting. And that's the problem.



The shoes, the car, the house, the jordans, phones, those aren't the problem.



It's what happens in our hearts when we forget is the problem.



Our hearts begin attaching strings of value to those materials. And our minds begin to be set on getting. that's why we have amazon and Facebook and TikTok and youtube. I have to get more followers, more likes, more, more, more. Because it becomes getting things (that our heart has attached strings of value with) that release a dopamine rush through our bodies and all of a sudden we feel more important, more at valued, more like we belong in today's society.



But let's go deeper.



The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:7-11, "The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling."



Listen closely to this next verse, " Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen."



Go back and check out this whole chapter when you get a chance.



But let me read verse 10, " Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. "



So stewardship extends to people.



Let's go back to the 10 commandments real quick.



So you know how the first part of the 10 commandments talks about things that pertain to God, and the other half is strictly people, like don't steal from people, don't lie to people, stuff like that.



Well, Jesus sums the two parts of the ten commandments up like this in Matthew 22:36-40, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."



So the 10 commandments can be split into two parts, love God, and love people.


I think that actively reflects what we as Christians should be doing. reading the Bible and praying and fasting are all great things to do, going out there and working hard in your career while giving him all the honor glory and praise is great!



But if we just do that we are only doing half of what we should be. We only get 50% if we just do those things. That's definitely a failing grade in my class. We have to be out there, loving people, that means, being a great friend, the car pulling even when you don't think they deserve a ride, encouraging them, even when they never encouraged you. Reaching out to them, even though they were mean to you. We have to do both.



And stewardship is not different.



We can clean out that dusty room that God gave us and step back and smile, but that's only half the job. The next part is to bring people in it to fill it.



Awugggg and that's the beautiful part.



God gave us these things, an apartment, a car, a job, to bless others. He just doesn't just be responsible and keep it clean but fill it with life, let other people enjoy it, share it with others.



Have a potluck at your home, host Bible studies put a prayer box up at your job so everyone knows that you are praying for them and that you care. Send messages of encouragement, drive people to work, or take people out for food.



Almost 2 years ago... a few months before COVID hit, I had been studying the Bible really admittedly. I was writing a book called listening to God and I had fallen into a rhythm of in-depth studying. I wasn't using version or BIblegateway anymore, I was just using a couple of Bibles and my journal.



And I was finding links between concepts and jumping through the BIble and connecting passages and finding strong golden threads of truth concepts and promises and with those things, I would work on applying them to my life.



And I started with the book of Ephesians and then I moved from one book to the other and then at the beginning of 2021, I looked at what I owned.



I had a car, and a suitcase full of clothes, and 2 parakeets, and a whole lot of electronics and I said to myself, "God, what can I do? Here I am use me."



And it seemed like I was getting questions from my friends about how to study the Bible and how to apply God's word and I had been a part of a podcast, but never really hosted one and the idea came that I should start a podcast and SHARE the things that God has given me. The things that God has placed on my heart.



And that's why I created this podcast and my websites, and my Instagrams and everything.



Because I want to be a good steward. I don't want to only do 50%. I don't want to just have these amazing bible studies and flourish and not tell others about it, you know.



I gotta do both the loving God, the spending time with God, the getting to know God and sharing that experience and those lessons.


There is so much more I want to break down in this topic, but I want you to get a chance to experience this concept play out in your life.



So here's the challenge for this episode.



I'm calling it the stewardship challenge because it makes sense.



So, for the next 2 weeks, starting today, I want you to look at what you have.



Write a list down on paper if you have to and visually see the materials you have, like an apartment, a car, a phone, a computer, and the skills you have or the time you have.



And maybe that looks like, I'm good at typing, or I'm good at taking pictures, or I'm good at speaking, I"m good at reading people, I'm good at making blankets and I have Sundays off or Thursday evenings are free.



Take a little inventory of what you have and ask God, "What can I do with what I have?" Ask him, "How can I be a good steward with the things I have?"



And then take out a sheet of paper and brainstorm ideas on 1 thing that you can do. And maybe that's cleaning your parent's house on Sunday mornings. Or maybe that's starting a little blog. Maybe that's consistently sending bible verses to your friends. Maybe it's reaching out to all those people you don't text anymore. Or maybe it's volunteering your time at a nonprofit organization?



I don't know what God might tell you or show you when you ask these questions, but I do know that it will bring you closer to HIm. I do know that it will grow you and I do know that it will challenge you.



So for the next 2 weeks, see how you do, journal what happens as you step into this experiment of being a good steward.



And let me know how it went when you're done.



Thank you so much for listening to this podcast, it is always a pleasure to share God's word with you and also my experiences, I hope you enjoyed it if you did go ahead and check us out on Instagram we are very active over there.



Our DM's are open if you have any questions, need some encouragement, or want prayer. Go ahead and check me out, my name is Kaiana Lewis and I speak, teach, and write books, so check out my work at kaianalewis.com, you can also check out my YouTube channel and Instagram. Just type in my name and you'll find all those links. Don't forget to send those questions to me from any of my platforms, so we can answer them on the podcast.



Blessings on the challenge, don't forget to check out those verses and I'll see you on the next episode.