I used to feel tired and depressed when I would allow excess to accumulate in my head. At times I would worry about things that were not my business. At times I would lose my focus.
Thoughts and worries can easily overload our minds and result in weighing down our souls. Living with an overloaded mind and weighed-down soul causes us to become numb and ineffective in our areas of stewardship, especially when the thoughts and worries are not our business.
When I used to feel frequently compelled to save all the troubled people in the world, God would remind me Who is the Savior and who is not. So now I pray, send money, buy a homeless man a hot lunch or volunteer for an organization if He leads me. But becoming disturbed over things I cannot control is unwise in His economy.
Why is it unwise? Because
1) it’s not my job to solve world problems or change people and
2) it is my primary job to do and maintain exactly what he has assigned me
God has taught me over and again that regardless of all the insanity that is taking place in this passing world, the only business I have is my Father’s business tending to the areas that He has given me stewardship over as I follow the leading of His Spirit.
Remember, stewardship involves a few things, not many things (See Matthew 25:21, 23 below) and it’s stewardship, not ownership. Relying on the Holy Spirit to lead and support me, I will be found faithful because it will be Him doing the work through me. My resulting faithfulness in relying on Him is clearly distinguished from my circumstances which won’t necessarily be found perfect. And that’s perfectly okay. In every area, I do what I can using my gifts, resources and healthy boundaries and then, the rest is up to Him.
Courage in knowing God’s character allows us peacefully to release the things He hasn’t given us stewardship over.
The result? We are relieved of unnecessary burden and free to fulfill His calling for us.
Points to Ponder:
WHO YOU ARE God’s child –living, moving and having your being in Christ.
WHY YOU’RE HERE To enjoy His presence, love His people and fulfill His purposes.
WHERE YOU’RE GOING To heaven which is your glorious home.
WORRY= WASTE of time and energy.
FOCUS + THANKS = FRUIT of the Spirit.
This lesson and many more God taught me are found in my personal journal available at myjourneythroughthecross.com or at Amazon books.
Matthew 25:14-30 ASV
14 “For [the kingdom of heaven] is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16 Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money (brackets mine).
19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.
40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
42 There is need of only one or but few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.