In my daily Bible reading, I’m in 1 Chronicles 29. I always struggle reading through the genealogies, but I recently found this “gem” of a verse in the midst of names I can not pronounce. It is speaking of the descendants of Simeon…
“And they found rich, good pasture, and the land was wide, quiet, and peaceful, because the people of Ham had dwelt there of old [and had left it a better place for those who came after them].
Wow, what a great legacy and reputation the descendants of Ham had! They left the land better for those who would come after them — that is stewardship! Stewardship always thinks of those who will come after you, it is always future-minded. It is sad that so many people, nowadays, have no regard for the future, they are all about consuming all they can for themselves!
Darryl and I, were both raised with the conviction that if you rented a home, or any type of building, you should always leave it better than when you went into it. We have always strived to do that and to live by Luke 16:12…
“And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?”
This applies both in life and ministry! I’m so thankful we had parents who instilled godly morals and beliefs in us both as we were growing up! We should all live with an attitude of stewardship in every area of our lives — where we live, where we work, and most importantly where we worship! Are we leaving the atmosphere and the places we occupy, while here on earth, better or worse for those who will come after us?
After all (as Christians), this is not our permanent home, we are only sojourners here on this earth, we are citizens of Heaven! The shepherd (and later King of Israel) David, knew this fact well. He declares in Psalm 24:1…
“A psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it”
David was a good steward over the sheep that were entrusted to his care, and later became the King of Israel. As we also walk in this attitude of stewardship, it will bring blessing and favor in our lives as well!
Until next time, may the Lord bless & keep you!
Your Sister in Christ,