1 Corinthians 9:16-17 If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
God called Paul to preach the Gospel, but preaching the Gospel may not be your charge. God gave Paul the gift of oratory, and so he felt obligated to preach. And like with Paul, God gives each of us unique talents and abilities. As disciples, we should feel obligated to use them for the good of His kingdom.
What talents and blessings has God given to you? He entrusts you with their stewardship. What does that mean? The Church defines “stewardship” as:
- Receiving God’s gifts gratefully.
- Tending and Managing those gifts as best we can.
- Sharing them in love and justice with our neighbors.
- Returning them with increase to the Lord.
Doing this is being a Disciple. Doing this is how we live a “stewardship life.” God is counting on you. Can He trust you with the stewardship of the gifts He’s given you?