By Simon Osunlana
St. John UMC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
First, Read Matthew 25:45
One of my greatest desires in life is to live and operate with purpose. In everything that I do, I ask a simple question “how is this related to my purpose?” A purposeful life is a fulfilled life. In our passage, Peter calls on us to live a life of purpose by being good stewards of God’s gifts. Our life is meaningful and purposeful when we use what we have received from God to help other people.
Stewardship suggests that we are going to give accounts of how we utilized the gifts we have received. Stewards are managers or trustees who will be held accountable for using their gifts in the best interest of the One who gave it to them. God has created us as social beings because we need one another. Each one of us have been gifted by the Lord. We have what it takes to bless others.
For example, Moses’ Purpose in life was attached to his staff. His staff represents his: identity, income, and influence. God used what he already has to bless his people. God told him to drop his staff. Moses had to surrender what he has in order to experience God's miracles. The widow of Zarephath had only a small quantity of flower and she surrendered it. God brought abundance into her life.
All that David had was a sling and five stones, he surrendered them for God’s use and he killed Goliath and overcame the enemies of Israel. All that the young boy had at Jesus’ late night meeting was a loaf of bread and five little pieces of fish, he surrendered them to Jesus and he witnessed the feeding of five thousand men (not counting women and children)
Many people are not utilizing what they have received to the glory of God and to the benefits of others because of their ego (Edged God Out). They edged God out because they think they are not accountable to anybody since they “worked hard for what they’ve got”. No matter who we are, we must remember that there are people who worked harder than we worked but are not as blessed as we are.
As people of God let us not live our lives only to survive, let us not live our lives only to succeed, let us live our lives to be significant. The only way to be significant is to help others succeed. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your grace and the many gifts that I have received from you. Please help me to discover and fulfill my purpose in life as I make use of your gifts for the benefits of others around me. In Jesus name I ask all these. Amen.
- Have you taken the inventory of God’s gifts in your life lately? Name them
- Like Moses, what do you have that God is asking you to surrender for His use?
- In whose life do you want to make a difference today?