"Embracing Great Commission Stewardship"

For three weeks, beginning on September 6th, we will have the wonderful opportunity to grow in an understanding what it means to Embrace Great Commission Stewardship. Christian stewardship involves the management of our lives and resources for God's purposes. Great Commission stewardship helps us to better understand that the ultimate purpose of our stewardship is to direct our time, talents, and money to God's primary purpose which is to help "all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4). As believers, we are God's instruments through whom He works. We are His hands, feet, and mouth.

 

Just before Jesus' ascension into heaven, He instructed His disciples: "Go therefore and make disciples...teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20). These verses have been identified as the Great Commission. Jesus commanded His disciples to go spread the Gospel throughout all nations. The Great Commission was not just for the immediate eleven disciples but is directed to all believers, and it will not end until Jesus' second coming.

 

Faithful stewardship demonstrates our love, devotion, and submission to Jesus. Christian stewardship is motivated by God's love. God's love overflowing from within us provides the power and energy for Great Commission stewardship. Through faith, we begin to love our neighbors as our brothers and sisters in Christ. We see others as God's children who, like us, are lost and hopeless without Jesus. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we begin to witness and share God's love with others.

 

Great Commission Stewardship calls upon us to commit our time, abilities, and our money. When Jesus invites us to follow Him, it is going to radically change how we view and use our lives and blessings. In Mark 8:34, Jesus bluntly states, "If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." Just as Jesus submitted to His Father's will, we are to submit to His. Our time, abilities, and money are not to be kept for ourselves but are to be used in making disciples for Jesus. Not only does God command us, "Go therefore and make disciples," He has provided us with the tools to make disciples, and He promises to go with us: "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Being encouraged, empowered, and equipped, now go and make disciples!

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