Good Stewardship - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Good Stewardship

 

April 23


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Read Matthew 25:21 (ESV)

His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

 

Reflect

What has God given to you that you should steward well? 

 

Do you remember Jesus’ parable of the Talents? You can read all of it in Matthew 25:14-30. A man was going away on a journey and he entrusted some of his wealth to each of his slaves. To the first slave, he gave five talents. While the master was away, this slave traded wisely with those 5 talents and gained his master five more talents. To the second slave, the man gave two talents. This man also invested wisely and gained two more talents for his master while he was gone. To the last slave, the man gave only one talent which the slave hid in the ground until the master returned.

 

When the master returned, he said to the first two servants, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (vv. 21, 23). But to the last slave, he said, “You wicked and slothful servant! ... You ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest”(vv.26, 27).

 

Likewise, God has entrusted us with various gifts and blessings which He expects us to manage responsibly. He has given us resources such as time, money, abilities, and opportunities. He expects us to put what He has given us to good use. He expects us to invest them wisely for His Kingdom. He didn’t give us these things only for us to waste them. He gave them to us to use!

 

Notice that the man was pleased with the slaves who put their gifts to good use. But he was angry with the slave who put his gift away and did nothing with it. If we want to please God, we should use what He has blessed us with. What a tragedy it is to waste what He has given to us!

 

One day, we will all stand before God and account for our deeds. Those who have been faithful will receive the ultimate reward—a commendation and eternal joy in the Lord! But those who have been found unfaithful and lazy will be rebuked and punished. In the parable, the master said of the slothful servant, “and cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (v. 30).

 

Friend, do you want to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant?” Then, faithfully steward what God has given you. Do not waste your time or opportunities. Do not be selfish with your money. Do not be too lazy to use your abilities. God is expecting us to use whatever He has given us to advance and increase His Kingdom. Are you stewarding the resources God has given to you wisely or wastefully?

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for everything that You have given to me. I know that everything that I have is from You and belongs to You. Help me to use these gifts for Your Kingdom and Your glory. When You return someday, I long to hear “Well, done good and faithful servant.” Amen.


 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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My Lord, Your Word challenges me to consider the gifts with which You have entrusted me. Help me to respond appropriately to Your time, talents and treasure to those who are most in need.
*okay;me too ;one day someday ;wish you were here;amen; THANKYOUJESUS; AMEN*
Help me to realize my talent and work towards it with all my strength
I do want to hear from our Lord that I am a good and faithful servant, I need to do more to please Him, ty for the reflect I read, hallelujah to our Lord
Praise God, to God be the glory!! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!
I believe in God..I read his word just about every day. I also believe in his words.trying to get closer and closer.i give him smm the glory, the honor & praises.. Amen,!
Father thank you for the resources You given us and teaching us to use our time wisely according to Your Words...
Lord, help me to recognize and to be mindful of the resources you have entrusted in my care; help me also to use them wisely and for your glory.
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR ALL THAY YOU HAVE GIVEN ME, CONTINUE TO BLESS ME SO THAT I CAN BLESS OTHERS. I TOO, LONG TO HEAR “WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT” IN JESUS AMEN
Let us all remember we are called to Follow Jesus to share His word, being Fisherman/Women for Jesus Christ. To be Jesus living servent to live for and as Jesus lived and remains living within each of us His children. We are to do The Will of Our Savior which is laid out in His Love story to we His children. We must do all things with The Love of Jesus, yes it's not always easy. That is when you stop and look up and said Lord use me for Your Will not mine. We must strive to become imitate like Jesus. Jesus tells us very clear how we are to live, Loving, helping, Uplifting, encouraging, praying for each other. Good works come in those forms as Jesus tells us. There is One Master but many servents. We must Trust in Jesus remembering we will do all things through Christ who is the Joy of our Strength. A servent, steward for Jesus by following His lead in all thing. By serving for Jesus when He calls us "Home" we all Pray to hear well done my Faithful Child. Let the world see your Faith in Jesus for that Faith is a Beautiful thing to see. Remember to live not just be alive keep moving forward not backward as Jesus did. We serve The only True God! Always remember during the valleys low again look up there's a mountain Jesus is teaching us how to climb. Yes we can all climb together as it is supposed to be done with Jesus leading the way. His Promises remain The same today as Heaven and Earth will pas but Jesus words are Eternally. Father we turn to You in help us remember that to be that steward we must lead with our hearts filled with Your Love and Presence which is our Greatest Weapon. Thank You God in Jesus name Amen
Evangeline!! Hello, great song from "The Afters"!!! I too pray that I shall hear those sweet words coming from Jesus to me!! It sounds like you are on the right path and that is to be celebrated!!!!! God Bless you!!!!!!!!!;🙏💕😇
Thank you. It’s an honor to serve here and be with you!
Sometime the Bible is prescriptive (what to do) and other times descriptive (how it was). So there are many historical events or cultural norms that the Bible describes but does not prescribe. Slavery is a good example.
Amen to that!
I would love to please GOD. Help me LORD I'm really wanting to do the right thing. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen I LOVE YOU
Dear Lord, I praise you for all you do for me. Believe me, I am not lazy when it comes to your Word. I love and worship You with all my heart. I hope and pray that You can say to me, "well done my good and faithful servant."
God is my master and I will obey his every command but I have never been comfortable with the history of slavery and the masters. No human should have or ever should again own another human, I'm sorry but this and a couple of other things bother me about the bible
Help me Father on this journey, to leave those I come in contact enlightened in the Word and that together than we move forward and leave changes for the better in this world. In Jesus name I pray Amen
Thank you father God for your teaching through Pastor Nat Crawford's ministry I pray he receives his blessing in a mighty way in Jesus name amen,
Amen ...
Amen
Amen! Father God thank You for the talents you gave me ! Help me to be a good Stewart in using and managing them ! Help me to serve others as Jesus did when he walked the earth ! Father I confess I can get lazy and selfish at times! Forgive me and convict me when that happens! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Well said, Carlos. Thank you!
Amen,
LORD SHOW ME MY GIFTS IN JESUS'S NAME.AMEM
Words to live by! Amen!
God has entrusted me to be a witness for Him, His Son and the Holy Spirit. I will do my best with my time, thoughts, words, and actions to be a living witness for Christ. God can accomplish this in my life through understanding and application of His Word, through the guidance of His Holy Spirit and my obedient response to the guidance, and to always remember that God is faithful. If I am obedient and faithful, He will be glorified and He will reward me in this life and in eternal life. How I live matters, not because of good works since good works did not save me, but God entrusted me to be a living witness to His Son Jesus.
Amen
Great insights! Thanks for sharing! This really helps us all as we pursue spiritual fitness.
I am sorry. That must be frustrating and hard. I am praying for swift recovery. Amen!
Thanks for interacting, Larry. Good words. Well thought out.
I'm so sorry you are struggling with these health issues. It must be very scary. I'm praying for you that God will give you strength, endurance, and Hope. I'm glad you are here! Welcome to this Awesome Family!!! Peace be with you. 😇🙏💕🙏😇
Larry, that was very beautiful what you wrote. Can you imagine a world in which all Christ followers just have this amazing light that will never go out.. A light so strong that people will be curious about it.. and we could all live and do things for the Glory of the Lord!! Peace be with you!! 😇💕🙏💕😇
Lord show me How to use these gifts you have given to me that they may bless others.
While this parable teaches us a profound lesson in the stewardship of God’s gifts, it also teaches us about God’s nature and our relationship with Him. Often overlooked, a single “talent” (kikkār) is a very, very large weight of precious metals. In particular, five talents is a phenomenally large sum to give to any one! Please don’t let this carnal characterization of His Gifts go unnoticed. Also, note that the Master, gives “each [servant] according to his ability.” That is, the Master knows intimately the ability of each servant (you and me). The meaning of the parable is enhanced when you reconsider the enormity of the size and value of the Gifts to which God entrusts to His servants and that He knows each of us and interacts with us on a personal level (I.e., Holy Spirit). Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Amen!
Yes, Lord Jesus !
Jesus do a work in me
Give God the Glory!
Glory to you Jesus Christ 🙏🙏🙏
Jesus we 💕💕💕 you 💞💞💞
Jesus please bless us 🙏🙏🙏
Development of heart, blood pressure and breathing issues which is making going to work and doing every day life stuff including working in the church extremely hard.
Amen.
What does it mean to be faithful to what God gives us? We know he gives us everything we have to be used for his glory. If we use our talents to glorify ourselves we are wasting them. God made us to be light in the dark world. If we love Jesus and use what he has given us to love others we make him beautiful and very attractive. Let the light Jesus has given you shine so that the people you meet will see Jesus and glorify his Father in heaven. This is what we were made for and when we live shining for the Lord he gets the glory and we receive his great joy. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Glory to God, I should wisdom to those who are encourage others for the glorynto God.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
Very good message, great reminder of what's expected of us