From the Bible on Business – Stewardship Part 1

Stewardship: Part I
This passage is one of Jesus’ most intriguing parables and is about the stewardship of three servants.

In the parable, the master goes on an extended trip and entrusts specific investments to servants who were expected to be entrepreneurial with the funds and earn a profit for the master to be presented upon his return.

This arrangement would have been familiar for those in the audience, as this practice was a common way for property owners to continue to earn money while away. The owner would keep most of the profit from new ventures, but the servant could gain the respect of their master as well as a meaningful return if the master was impressed.

Two servants acted with integrity and loyalty by being good stewards of their master’s investment. However, the final servant was too lazy and ignorant to even consider earning interest off the investment in a bank account.

The important distinction is these men were stewards, not owners.

We should be living our lives from the same perspective; we do not own anything, but are blessed to be stewards of God’s resources. We should begin to see all we own as God’s and use whatever He has entrusted us with for His gain. We should consider our time, talents, and most importantly our treasure to be leveraged for our master’s gain upon his return.

Specifically in business, we should strive to use the skills and opportunities God has afforded us to produce excellent work.

How can you be a better steward of the resources God has entrusted to you?

Tomorrow’s devotional will offer a practical example from business on the topic of stewardship to help us make this concept more tangible.

Chris Chancey is the CEO of Amplio Recruiting – Follow along with Chris on Twitter at @chrischancey.

““For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:14-29‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

From The Bible on Business – Stewardship: Part II

The things that we are given to steward have an owner, and it is not us. The verse says, “…he entrusted to them his property.”

I tell people I own a company. They agree. Bill you have a great company they say. So I believe it. But this verse says I steward His company. He entrusted to me His property. Which one is it?

My behavior will reveal what I believe.

I had a company for over 25 years. One day, my finance manager informed me I must provide $350,000 in 14 days, or we would have to close the business.

Years earlier, when I believed I was the owner, it would be my problem and I would worry, lose sleep, and pressure my friends to get the money to save the business. You probably already know how anxiety feels.

But this time I believed I stewarded the company, so I reported the problem to the true owner. I told Him He needed to come up with $350,000 in 14 days, or I, His faithful steward, would have to close His company.

Then I asked, “What do you want me to do?” He said, fast and pray. So I did.

On the 8th day, $172,000 came in and on the 11th day a major customer changed how they paid us and sent $200,000. So in 11 days we received $372,000 which was more than enough to cover the $350,000 need and the company continues to exist today.

During the process of going through the 14 days, I did not have anxiety. I did not worry. I was looking to see what the Lord would do after I reported His problem to Him. Since it is His property, I felt certain He would act for His own benefit. And He did.

We are used to thinking is terms of me doing things or Him doing things. Actually, it works best when we do things together. He does the heavy lifting.

Because I did not take on a task of solving His problems, I did not take on more responsibility than I was supposed to. He promises an easy yoke. If my yoke is heavy, I have picked up the wrong one.

Bill Job has been a faithful steward of multiple businesses throughout China.