My desire is for us to see and welcome this truth, that none of us are owners of anything. All that we have belongs to the Lord. We are stewards - not owners. If Jesus is truly the Lord of our lives, we will see ourselves as His stewards rather than being owners of our possessions.
The Parable of the Talents- Matthew 25:14-30.
This parable teaches us that bringing our finances under Christ's Lordship is one of the most basic ingredients for having His Kingdom rule and authority established in our lives. In this parable, we must ask ourselves the question, "What is Jesus Talking About?" Is it how well we make financial investments or is it how well we manage and use what He has given to us for the glory of His Kingdom? Throughout this message we shall see the answer emerge.
Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
We must see ourselves as being caught between the struggle between God and Satan in the area of whose authority is being established. Satan is using the love of money to establish his rule and authority in the hearts of mankind and God is using the kingdom truth of stewardship to instill His rule and authority in the hearts of mankind. The Bible tells us in the last days men shall be lovers of money. Jesus says, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves bread in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..."
The Church in the Book of Acts gave up complete ownership of their lives, knowing that God's complete rule and reign in their lives would bring them into a much richer blessing.
Our selfishness and refusal to bring our finances under His lordship is withholding His Divine power and reign upon the land and our communities. God's total kingdom rule cannot be established in our hearts until we empty ourselves of personal ownership and accept the fact that we are simply stewards of His goods. The choice is ours as the parable of the talents illustrates so clearly -- we can either be judged as worthy stewards, who receive a blessing or as unjust stewards who are cast into the place of outer darkness.