For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. — Matthew 25:14-30 KJV
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. — Proverbs 11:24 KJV
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. — NLT
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. — NIV
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. — 1 Corinthians 4:1
We are stewards, not owners. The word owner takes you back to the word owe. Remember we are to owe no man nothing but love. Owe means to have or possess. What do you possess? Money, a house, cars, clothes? Are these not things that can rust and burn up?
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. — Matthew 6:19-21
Didn’t our Father say to store up things that cannot rust or that can be eaten by moths? “Go and sell all your possessions and come follow me.” How, you ask? Because you know that our Father will withhold no good thing from us, and when you seek his kingdom [his way; which is love] first, all else will be added unto you. This is why we are to be stewards. The word steward means house guardian; house keeper; one who manages affairs of an estate on behalf of his employer; overseer of workmen; person who supervises arrangements at a meeting or dinner. God has made us stewards. Remember the earth is the who? The Lord’s. Everything belongs to God. He owns it all. He gave it to us to be good stewards over it. Keep watch over it and give it to those that are in need. Not to hoard it to ourselves. May we ask God to open up our eyes and ears and our hearts so that we may receive of him the wisdom and understanding and knowledge we need to live the lives that he called us to live. To know that when we are faithful over a few things, he will make us ruler over many. It’s called trust. Can you be trusted? Can God trust you to be a good steward over his flock? Or are you still concerned with how you will be cared for as though you have no Shepherd?
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. — 1 Peter 1:23-25
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. — Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who God created you to be.
Apostle Bella Grace of Walking On Water Ministries International