All of us have those who have made significant contributions in our lives. Whether their contributions provided love, time, wisdom, training, financial resources, or something else, we are their debtors. We should be willing to acknowledge these contributions and express our gratitude to those who made the contributions. We also realize, however, that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). Though God often uses human agency as the conduit through which He provides for our needs, ultimately, all that we have received and all that we have comes from Him. This makes us stewards, demanding that we steward well all that God has graciously entrusted to us – gifts, abilities, time and treasure – for His glory.
Reflecting on this reality recently caused me to write an article for our state Baptist paper, the Biblical Recorder. In the article I highlight my indebtedness to those who invested in me for my theological education and my desire to steward that education and training well. This stewardship desire played a major role in my development of this blog. Though you may not have a theological education as your stewardship responsibility, I pray the article will challenge you to consider with gratitude those to whom you are indebted, and to steward well whatever particular gifts, abilities and treasures God has entrusted to you, all for the glory of His name.
(In case you missed the link to the article above, you can find it here.)