Was just taking a moment to reflect over the last Heartbeat at Roberts Wesleyan College.
This month we gathered around stewardship – what do we have, who gave it to us, and what do we do with it all.
When we talk about stewardship, we always talk about money. Unfortunately, college students don’t have too much. What we do have, we should certainly use in a God-honoring way. But besides money, hasn’t God blessed us with so much more than that?
I got to speak to our community at Heartbeat on things that God has blessed us all with – time, influence, responsibilities, jobs, and a really expensive education. Wow, after thinking about it, hasn’t God blessed us with a lot? On top of this, he gave us stewardship over the world around us. See what he said after he created the heavens and earth, filled it, then made us in his image?
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. Genesis 1.28 ESV
Then check what Jesus says to his disciples (minus 1) after returning from the grave..
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Genesis 28.18-20 ESV
He gave us stewardship over the message of what he did, so that we could share it to everyone.
Doesn’t this get sort of overwhelming? We are called to manage a lot for his glory.
It seems tough, but here is the truth —
If God isn’t the Lord over your stuff, then he isn’t the Lord over your life.
It starts with the heart first. We can give and give, but if we’re not giving out of deep place of surrender within us, then we’re giving in vain. We give because he first gave. We’re called to give ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12.1) – because he didn’t hold back when he gave it all for us.
We had an incredible night of worshiping and witnessing many who made decisions to make God not just the Lord over their “spiritual lives”, but Lord over their entire lives. Including all of what he’s blessed us with.
One more this semester. I cannot wait.
Here are some photos from the night below!