Do you take full ownership of your life? Have you mastered your problems? Are you in control?
Have you heard these type questions asked in round about ways to motivate people to take action in certain areas? They leave one feeling that he is the owner of his life and somehow to blame if his life is not in order.
The Scriptures are clear about the difference between ownership and stewardship. Ownership is defined as “the state or fact of being an owner” or “legal right of possession.” Stewardship, on the other hand, is defined as “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others” or “a person who has charge of the household of another, buying or obtaining food, directing the servants, etc.”
Do you see the difference?
The owner has legal right of possession (e.g., It’s mine) whereas the steward manages another’s affairs (e.g., It’s yours). This is an important distinction in boundaries because the owner owns the property outright and is the only one who will level the playing field on payday. The owner gives each of his stewards his due wage according to whether or not they followed his specific instructions for them and to what degree.
On the contrary, the only job of the steward is to tend to the few things of the owner that he has been clearly and specifically assigned and designed to do. For example, if God owns the whole billion-dollar global restaurant chain, He has given to you three tables to manage. You are to set, serve, clean up and repeat.
If you have not found your tables yet, there is no need to be stressed. There is no need to be overly burdened. There is no need to be afraid. According to the Scriptures, we have of our lives no ownership whatsoever. So, take those shaming questions and fling them into outer space. The life of each and every saint has been bought in totality by the Redeemer of our souls. He owns us literally down to the DNA. What we have is stewardship –which is assigned.
What you must remember is that the burden is not on you to find the tables! And you surely don’t want to start building or buying them yourself just to look busy. Instead, the burden is on God to show you the tables after He is finished preparing you for ministry.
And you? Simple. Do the next worshipful thing in caring for what he has given you stewardship over so far, while you seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33
Take hold of that one verse with all your might. Let everything else fall behind it and over time watch your whole life come together in the wake of His will and purposes for you.
Discover your spiritual gifts and learn to use them. They will help lead you to your tables. (See Spiritual Gifts Test on Resources page)
And say to Archippus, See that you discharge carefully [the duties of] the ministry and fulfill the stewardship which you have received in the Lord.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
From now on let no person trouble me [by making it necessary for me to vindicate my apostolic authority and the divine truth of my Gospel], for I bear on my body the [brand] marks of the Lord Jesus [the wounds, scars, and other outward evidence of persecutions–these testify to His ownership of me]!
1 Corinthians 6:20
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own].