From the very beginning, man was given the awesome opportunity and trusted responsibility to take care of all God’s creation. The land, plants, animals, our bodies, and fellow beings were all gifts given to us by our Creator to faithfully steward.
Stewardship – the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
To me, this call to action should supersede, or at least be the foundation practice from which all other life activities revolve around.
As some of you know, I am a pastor. Currently I reside in Decatur, Indiana where I serve as senior pastor at New Hope Church. Over the span of several years in ministry my main focus of service has narrowed to two priorities, the spiritual and physical well-being of those in my care.
I have placed my spiritual care into the hands of God, knowing that through obedience to spiritual disciplines I will be well maintained. I teach and encourage others to do the same. As we discover, a renewed mind, a good conscience, and a sincere faith are necessary attributes to be good stewards. From these God established fruits our focus falls away from ourselves and pivots to our true purpose, the urgent call to care for others and other things.
Whether it be the land we live in.
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
― Pope John Paul II
Whether it be the people we are surrounded by or planted beside.
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”
― John Wesley
Whether it be a reminder of who we are or were on this earth.
“Stewardship is the hallmark of life on earth.”
― Sunday Adelaja
The call to stewardship has been sent out to all of us!
Your spiritual well-being is very important to me as is your physical condition. A part of stewardship that gets frequently missed in all our other responsibilities is the stewardship of our own bodies. The Bible is very plain about the responsibility we have to care for our physical bodies.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself (1 Cor. 6:19).
This verse reminds me and I am very thankful to God, that He supplies the natural resources we have been entrusted to care for to provide us access to healthy living. Of course He is going to take care of a temple that belongs to Him. We must however be obedient to receive what has been given and just as importantly we must steward to others what resources are available to produce a healthier body.
What are some enemies you may wonder that are harmful to our bodies? Here are a few major ones to consider.
- Processed foods
Processed foods are bad.
They are a major contributor to obesity and illness around the world. How do we know? Every time a population adopts a Western diet high in processed foods, they get sick. It happens within a few years. Their genes don’t change, their food does.
—Medical News Today
The harmful effects of UV-radiation on live organisms constitute a danger for health of the whole human population.
These along with other external factors are having a negative impact on the human body. But as usual, God has directed “stewards” to find treatments, discover medications and effective supplements to prevent and combat these issues.
He has also raised up stewards to get the word out to others about healthy products available to them to receive and steward their bodies.
I am one of those stewards! Are you? Or would you like to be? If so, and you would like to learn more about how you can walk in this calling to help others, contact me. I am asking God to help me train and raise up a team of like-minded stewards to get the word out to as many people as possible.
Perhaps one of the most meaningful quotes on this call to action and certainly a favorite of mine states:
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
__ Nelson Mandela