45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:45-51 (New International Version)
Power and Responsibility
“With great power, comes great responsibility.” This saying from the Spider-Man comics tells us that the power that people have been given, was not meant to be used selfishly. Instead, it ought to be used responsibly. For example, if you are a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, you are not to use your status for personal prestige, but to use it in a way that is beneficial to those under you.
A Title with Benefits
This saying from Spider-Man also applies to us who have placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we accepted Christ as our Messiah, we were given the title “Children of God.” Such status comes with great benefits. For example, we can ask of the Lord, with boldness, the things that we need, and He will give it to us according to His will. This boldness comes from not within ourselves, but through the power of the Holy Spirit which guides us in our walk.
In Christ, we have been given great power. However, with this power comes a responsibility attached to it. As Children of God, we are called to be faithful stewards of the things which the Almighty has placed under our care. These include our relationships, financial resources, and our jobs.
Blinded By Ownership
It is easy to lose sight of the fact that the things that we have are not necessarily ours. We may say to ourselves and to others that we acquired our possessions and status through our own ingenuity and skill. Essentially, it was our will to win that made it happen.
However, what happens when we lose our possessions or status? Would we say that this was the result of our own will as well? Of course not. It is when we lose ownership of these things that we recognize that God is the One who is calling all the shots and not us. Such realization is humbling indeed; especially to those who like to be in control all the time.
Stewards, Not Owners
Therefore, the follower of Christ must view the things that they have as not possessions and they the owners of them. Instead, we must view them as tools which God has placed under our care. We must play the part of wise and faithful stewards of these things under our watch. For the day will come, when the Lord will return and we will have to take into account how we managed His affairs.
Being a Faithful Steward
Have you been faithful with the things the Lord has given you? Or have you been reckless with the power which He has graciously provided for you? All of us have been guilty of this one time or another. We must repent of this desire we have to control and embrace the role as God’s manager. The power, which the Almighty has placed under our care has great responsibility attached to it. Manage it wisely for the glory of our Lord and Savior.