Stewardship and excellence

I was pleasantly surprised to hear my pastor preach on this topic.

Basically, as Christians we are followers/slaves of Christ, and we are to do what the Father and Christ have called us to do. Jesus present numerous parables (like the parable of the talents/minas) on how we are to go about His Father’s business. Paul reiterates that with doing all that we do for Christ.

One of his examples was if someone let you stay at their vacation house, you would take good care of it because it’s not really yours. You’d make sure not to trash it or leave it messy, but clean up after yourself. But we let our own homes, jobs, and lives get messy.

He advocated for a well kept home, excellent in the job (even if we have terrible or frustrating bosses), in health (weight loss if obese although not so much emphasis on regular healthy eating and exercises), and things like these.

Obviously, if you want to be married or are married, excellence as the head of the marriage and fulfilling God’s marital roles and responsibilities is another to add to good stewardship. Focus on pleasing God in all that you do by being excellent in all things.

I’ve found it amazing that my mentality has changed significantly by starting to do this when single, and it’s served me well in my marriage so far. Women really do admire excellence, which makes it easier to exert a godly influence on them.

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2 Responses to Stewardship and excellence

  1. Jacob says:

    It’s an interesting topic to be sure. However, we need to be careful not to fall into performance-based thinking. Performance-oriented thinking can lead churches into unhelpful triumphalism, where congregations are attracted to church because of its excellent location, excellent preachers, excellent servers, excellent outreach program, excellent music, excellent administration etc etc. With so much excellence around, who needs Jesus? I realize that’s not quite where you’re going with this, but there’s a worldly quality to excellence, not least the temptation towards status-seeking, that I want to flag. The only status we need to be concerned about is the status of our proximity to Christ. God uses the average and the weak too.

    Compared to a worldly life, living God’s way IS itself excellence. Honesty, generosity, compassion, honor, grace, mercy, justice, hope, charity etc are all outgrowths of true faith and maturiity in Christ. We must still pray and move our feet, especially when there is need, but the power to live excellently is the Holy Spirit enslaving every part of one’s being. Too much reliance on our own powers and abilities is having too tight a grip on the world. It’s the path to triumph not of a saved people but of an excellent people. It’s also syncretistic towards the secular, a problem which plagues the Western Church.

    As I say, it’s not quite where you might have been heading but it’s worth noting.

  2. @ Jacob

    Agreed. I think that’s probably the issue of the Ephesian Church in Revelation 2. They were so zealous for God, but they had left their first love.

    God needs to be center and catalyst for all that we do.

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