Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Take care of your stuff - stewardship of possessions

God has entrusted each and everyone of us with certain material possessions. If we're going to be good managers of all that God has given us, we need to take care of our personal property.

Why should we take care of our stuff?
  1. Because it's ultimately His and not ours. He's just letting us use it for a temporary period of time.
  2. Because it's the wise, intelligent action to take.
  3. Because the possession will last longer (life cycle).
  4. Because it will save us money over time (life cycle).
  5. Because we demonstrate gratefulness and thanksgiving by taking care of it.
Here are some specific examples of the stewardship of possessions:
  1. Keeping your home clean and clutter free.
  2. Keeping up with both small and large home repairs.
  3. Deep cleaning your carpets 1-2 times a year.
  4. Taking care of your furniture and not abusing it.
  5. Keeping your home's HVAC system well maintained.
  6. Keeping your lawn and landscaping manicured.
  7. Keeping clothes clean, mended, folded, or hung on a hanger.
  8. Doing routine maintenance on your vehicles (oil changes, tire rotations, etc).
  9. Keeping your cars clean on the outside and inside.
  10. Keeping your vehicles in a garage if possible (protection against the elements).
This list could go on indefinitely. The key point is to take care of the possessions in your care because they are the Lord's.

Would you like to add to this list of examples of stewardship of possessions? Feel free to leave a comment and share even more ideas.

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