Stewardship at the Cost of Discipleship:
One of the most difficult balances I have encountered in life is the balance between discipleship and stewardship. I think stewardship has sometimes been an excuse to be greedy, after all, we wouldn’t want someone to have to pay our way when we are too old to work so it can be tempting to avoid opportunities to help others in the meantime.
Discipleship at the Cost of Stewardship:
Then there is the other extreme. You can claim to be such a devoted disciple that you are completely irresponsible with your money and make absolutely no provision for how you will pay your next month’s living expenses. That would be poor stewardship. Our discipleship includes the call to surrender but how much? Everything. How? Do we give so much we are poor stewards?
I think there is a question we can ask to be a disciple and a good steward: “Could I give it away?” If you feel there are some things you just couldn’t do without, you just couldn’t get rid or or give it away, that you just couldn’t make it without _______ then your discipleship may be trumped. The answer to that question gets to the heart of our stewardship, that it’s all God’s anyway. It reflects an attitude of surrender. It also gets to the heart of where our devotion lies, “am I more devoted to God’s call or these things…”
How have you found the balance?