A few days ago, I was having lunch with a mentor of mine who was telling me about his recent missions-related trip to El Salvador.
As he saw the faith and the maturity of the Christians there, he was convicted. He had the impression before going that his wisdom was going to be a great benefit to the people of El Salvador. He realized that, deep down, a part of him thought that God needed him.
But on the trip, it was as if God was saying to him, “I’ve got this covered.” Our omnipotent God wasn’t in need of assistance from anyone.
And this is where he was reminded that serving God is not about what we bring to the table. It’s not about what we do for God. It’s about what we get to do with God.
Always There, Always Capable
This is one place where the stewardship parables (Parable of the Talents, Parable of the Minas) break down and the metaphor doesn’t carry over. See, the parables show the master leaving and going away. The stewards are there to perform in his place because the master can’t do everything himself and be everywhere at once.
But this obviously isn’t true with God.
Thinking about stewardship incorrectly, combined with the fact that we often don’t perceive the presence of God around us, leads us to take on the incorrect view that God is distant and needs us to get things done for him.
None of us would think this consciously. But if we’re honest, don’t we live like that sometimes?
Do we get proud about the accomplishments we’ve made or the effort we’ve put in?
Do we spend more time thinking about our effort in our ministries – or God’s presence in our ministries?
Do we take joy just working with the father?
Do we look at time stewardship as a “get to” activity?
Has God ever revealed an attitude like this to you?
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