It has been said that many of us with the necessary gifts to advance the Kingdom of God are sitting on the pew. We are awaiting an invitation. We have even claimed that if we were asked we would participate. But is this a biblical response to stewardship?
We are all given gifts by the Lord for the building up of the Kingdom. These gifts are not ours but rather entrusted to us to further God’s Kingdom. Therefore, we are only stewards of them and not actual owners. As it states in I Corinthians 12:7 (NLT), the gifts we were given are for the benefit of all. Holding our gifts for ransom is not the action of a Kingdom minded citizen.
Jesus’ presence on the earth was not only to bring salvation, but to usher in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is God’s way of doing things. II Corinthians 5:17 tells us that if anyone be in Christ, he/she is a new creature. Old things are passed away and all things become new. This newness means that we are passed from the old mindset of the world into a new mindset of the Kingdom. Further development of this mindset is brought about by the renewing of our minds so that we can prove what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God for our lives (Romans 12:2 NLT).
So as we sit awaiting others to ask us to use our gifts, let us ask ourselves if we are being good stewards of what has been entrusted to us? If a place has not been made for us, have we responded like the prophet Isaiah and said, here I am send me (Isaiah 6:8)?
May we be good and faithful servants to the gifts that have been entrusted to us.