This is the last part to the series, for now. It will be breezy and fun once I finish the chapter...but for now, its "just the facts ma'am" (as the saying goes). And you have to be pretty old to know that saying... I pick up with the parable of the Talents.
Stewardship & Faith
The faith that pleases God; it always looks like risk, but at its core, its about trust.
The faithful servants where the ones who understood the true nature of the master. That is what set them free to risk. Their faith released them to live in a revelation of his always-good love instead of the reality of harsh need. They understood that the master is good and that he loves them. It was his goodness and love that released them to trust and risk. What do we know about the one fella that got it wrong? His faith was in a lie. He believed that the master was evil. This enslaved him to live in the harsh reality of need. He could not trust and therefore he could not risk.
If you believe the master is harsh, you are not set free to risk. The best you can hope for is to not lose anything he has given. Your highest hope is to hang on for dear life. You are a survivor just trying to make it through another day.
Risk is an act of trust. The guy that got it wrong couldn’t even risk in trusting a bank. The guy that got it wrong was living in the Old Testament reality of need. He served an unjust, harsh and merciless fella who was impossible to satisfy.
“I knew you to be a harsh master,” he said. Need is a harsh master. When we relate to the master as a survivor (through the lens of need) we are forced to bury our little treasure in fear of failure. We live in terror, slaving for the man. We strive in vain.
The two faithful servants knew the true nature of the master. This set them free to risk. Faith after all is about believing that he only has goodness and love for us.
The guy that got it wrong basically put himself in the position to serve a master instead of the Father. He positioned himself as a slave to need, instead of a son of Love. In this parable, Jesus was revealing that we need no longer live enslaved to the law of sin and death, but we are free, in Him, to live redeemed in the inheritance of sons and daughters.
I am not suggesting that stewardship isn’t a powerful principle, or that it isn’t important to God
. I am simply suggesting that without a revelation of our Fathers always good love, we strive in vain. It is impossible to steward the way Jesus is inviting us to steward unless we have a revelation of the F ather.
True stewarding is about seeing the Father. It is simply a response to our revelation of who He is. Its about faith. If we are sure in His love, we are powerful in our stewardship.
The stewardship Jesus revealed is about the unseen world before the seen. Faith is the evidence of things unseen. The faithful servants were stewarding their revelation of the Masters goodness. The faithful servants were stewarding their hunger to see the Father and become like Him. They were stewarding an intimate revelation of Love.
he well done we get in heaven has nothing to do with how we steward need and everything to do with how sure we become in our Fathers love. Why, because Jesus knew that Love meets every need. That His Fathers always-good Love was the answer and only those who were practiced in His goodness could be trusted to expand His family – His kingdom on earth as it is I heaven.
I would like to suggest that we aren’t called to steward need but love. I would also like to suggest that when we learn how to steward Love, we become answers to need. We get a “well done” when we are faithful regarding our Masters nature.
I am not suggesting that we throw away all the incredible principles of good stewardship. The fact is we are called to make the kingdoms of this earth become the Kingdoms of our God. We are called to steward from heaven to earth. And to do that, we must become intimate with the King and sure in His love.