“Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.” (Luke 16:3)
We have looked at the Beggar, and realized that such a choice does not suit us. And, we have looked at the Digger and realized that we must not pursue that vain and lifeless path. Thus, our only real choice is to become a Steward.
Steward – it’s not a word we use much any more, and that’s unfortunate; for it is rich in meaning. It basically means to manage one’s life and property with proper regards to the rights of others. In scripture the meaning is even more refined. The word comes form the Greek oikonomos, “one who oversees the estate of another.” We get the English word economics from this.
A steward, then, is one who uses the resources entrusted to his/her care to build up the family name and estate of the one to whom the resources rightfully belong. In our case that One is the Lord Jesus.
Jesus said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. And he called ten of his servants, and gave them each a sum of money and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back” (Luke 19:12-13).
Christ is the Nobleman who has ascended into heaven to receive a Kingdom, and to return. During His absence we are the servants to whom His resources have been entrusted that we might do His business until He comes back.
So, how are we doing? More specifically, how are YOU doing? Because in the final analysis this is the most personal and pressing question each of us will answer. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Rom 14:12).
“What did you do with what I gave you?” the Lord will ask. And the review of our lives will stand as the answer on That Day when every man gives account to God.
We are not to be beggars, groveling through life by the goodwill of others; nor are we to be diggers; scraping for everything we can get our hands upon, even if it means using others to do so. We are to be stewards; those who manage what has been entrusted to them in a generous manner, which reflects the character of our Master.
This is the noble profession. For it acknowledges God’s ownership of all things and His rule over everything. Our decisions in how we spend our time, our money, and how we use our talents and opportunities ultimately reflect our deepest values – whether we place God first, or dare to elevate our selves even above Him.
Beggar. Digger. Steward. Which will you be? Surely you will choose to be a steward; right? Tomorrow I will show you how.