The cost of stewarding

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Over the past four weeks we’ve been reflecting on stewardship: stewarding our selves, our communion, our things and our world. The reading set for today is Luke 14:25-33, which the NIV titles, ‘The cost of discipleship’. I suggest that there is a similarity between discipleship – which means to follow Christ and model ourselves on him – and stewardship – which means to take care of the things God has entrusted to us to help build the Kingdom of God.

This passage makes it clear that stewardship (like discipleship) is not easy. Two key points emerge:

First, Luke 14:25-27 tells us that stewardship will cost us. This passage is very hard to swallow – Jesus says if we don’t hate our family, we are not worthy to follow him. When we consider Jesus’ Great Commandment – to love God and love our neighbour – we must however conclude that Jesus is not telling us actually to hate our family. That would completely contradict what he repeatedly says and demonstrates in his ministry – to love our neighbours as ourselves.

But he is saying that our love for and commitment to God must be radical. We need to give of ourselves to God, to a point of discomfort, to a point where it is hard. Our giving should not be easy and flippant. It requires something of us that is sacrificial.

Second, Luke 14:28 and 31, and the examples attached to these verses, tells us that our stewardship (or discipleship) must be thoughtful and careful. In both verses he asks something similar: When you prepare to do something, won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost of doing it or consider whether you actually are able to do it? We are not called to a reckless discipleship. It is careful, thoughtful, considered, sober, rational.

Our love for and commitment to God must be considered. We need to give in a way that we can actually give. We need to commit to the long haul. We move into ministry with sober judgement and careful thought.

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2 thoughts on “The cost of stewarding

  1. Genevieve Geekie says:

    A special message, dear Adrian

    Colin came strongly to mind as I followed your thoughts.

    XxXx

    Gen

    On Wed, Nov 4, 2020 at 7:27 AM Reflections of God’s Love wrote:

    > Adrian van Breda posted: ” Click here to listen to the audio recording of > this 11-minute message. Or watch the YouTube video below. Or read the text > summary after that. https://youtu.be/Z1mb2ZCGHx8 Over the past four weeks > we’ve been reflecting on stewardship: stewarding o” >

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    • Blessings dear Gen. He was a very special man. I’m glad to still have contact with you.

      Take care Adrian

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      Click here to listen to the audio recording of this 11-minute message. Or watch the YouTube video below. Or read the text …

      A special message, dear Adrian

      Colin came strongly to mind as I followed your thoughts.

      XxXx

      Gen

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