…Because you will be accountable to him someday. As humans, we all have our unique skills and abilities. We all have our areas of expertise as well as weaknesses. Though we may share certain similarity in traits, we all have our unique ways of doing things. I therefore appreciate the gaps in our abilities and have a strong conviction that God gave each of us different abilities to help in producing a strong and whole church. Romans 12:6 (NLT) says that:
“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you.”
We would therefore be poor stewards if we ignored the special abilities God has given to us. Yes, believe it or not, every Christian is a steward. A steward is basically a caretaker, a servant in charge of his master’s possessions. He is the one who takes charge of his master’s house and trains its people. He directs and shows them what to do on behalf of his master. The master therefore inquires not of the servants or of the other people in the house, rather of the steward. As Christians, God has entrusted so much to us. As I read through scripture, I found this to be mind-blowing! He trusts and loves us so much! Indeed, he has not just made us stewards but has gone to the extreme of making us his children, thus making us automatic heirs to all his property. It’s so wonderful, and I never cease to be amazed by this God that we serve. Like Paul, I say;
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3
Indeed, it is this thought, which amazed and puzzled David so much, that he exclaimed:
Psalm 8:4-6 KJV
“ What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet”
God has blessed us with spiritual gifts, sonship and specific human abilities. I can go on and on and on about the all the things that God chooses to gift us with, all because of the divine love and trust he has for us. It will therefore be very heartrending if we break this trust that God has for us. This is why he will hold each and every one of us accountable for whatever he has entrusted to us.
“So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12
At this point you may be wondering, what at all will God (the master) inquire of us (His caretakers) on the Day of Judgment? The answer is very simple: He will inquire of how faithful we have been, period. I have a very simple definition for faithfulness: It is what you do when no one is watching. This is because, when no one is watching, you are at liberty to do whatever pleases you. The one who does the will of his master in his absence, he is faithful! We must therefore be faithful stewards of all God has given us. Be it a spiritual gifting, our marriage, the work of God or our own possessions. According to Jesus, the good and faithful servant will be rewarded, however the unfaithful steward will be punished and beaten with many stripes (Luke 12:42-48).
My fellow readers, God loves and trusts us so much that he has entrusted to us many things, things so numerous that the unfaithful steward will not be forgiven on the Day of Judgment. How then should I conclude: Whenever you are using/misusing the gift God has given to you, remember that you will one day give account to the omnipotent God. What do you think?
About the author
Yaw Ansong Jnr is a Christian entrepreneur with the personal vision and mission of sharing the gospel via modern technology. He is the co-founder and CEO of LoveRealm ministry.