God has appointed us as managers of money and more.
By: Tom Casey
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series.
Biblical stewardship is a subject we hear a lot about today, especially as it relates to the Christian’s financial responsibilities at home and in the church. Stewardship is indeed an important responsibility for all Christians. Finances, though, are only one aspect of Christian stewardship. We must understand this topic in its larger context if we are to be faithful stewards in all of our responsibilities and activities as believers in Christ.
Whatever our pursuit in the Christian life, we must have a committed allegiance and central purpose that drives us and influences our every thought, word and deed if we are to attain our prize. As we will see, there can be only one such allegiance and purpose for us as Christians – the Kingdom of God and its purposes and activities. As a result, we must have a clear understanding of the Kingdom and its role in our lives as Christians if we are to be good and faithful stewards.
The Kingdom of God is the presence of the dynamic rule or reign of God. Therefore, the Kingdom of God is not heaven, even though it is the current location of the actual throne of God. The Kingdom of God is not the Church, even though the Church is comprised of citizens of the Kingdom of God. The earth is also not the Kingdom of God (even though it will be the location of the throne of Christ and the new Earth will be the eventual location of the actual throne of God). The Kingdom of God is the presence of the active rule of God, and is, therefore, centrally important to our success in the Kingdom plan of God.
Throughout the Scriptures, the Kingdom of God is central to His plans. It existed before and was present at the beginning of creation, when God delegated His kingdom authority to mankind, proclaiming that they should rule in His place over all the creatures God had created to inhabit the earth.
When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He went about proclaiming the Kingdom of God. When asked by His disciples what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the present age, Jesus told them that this gospel of the Kingdom would be preached throughout the whole world as a witness to the nations, and then the end would come.
At the end of the book of Revelation, we are told that the restoration of all things will completed when the actual throne of God descends from heaven and is established on the new earth where the reign of His Kingdom will be centered and He will dwell with His people forever.
With this is mind, we will take a closer look in my next post, at how the dynamic rule of the Kingdom of God affects us, as citizens of His Kingdom on the earth right now.