Last August 28, 2011, I was invited to speak about Stewardship in North Fairview UMC. Since the church wants a youth perspective on stewardship, their youth leaders (some are my friends) chose me to speak. I felt honored and at the same time very humbled about the opportunity, so I really prayed about it that God will use me to touch lives and share to them what stewardship really is..So below is my script..hehe!
Hope you’ll learn something and will be inspired about it. Spread the Love of Christ!
Stewardship is a “gasgas” topic, every year, we dedicate 1 month to celebrate it, actually most of the time yung sermons, teachings, bible studies focus heavily on Stewardship specifically on tithing. and if you would ask most Christians especially young Christians/MYF like me, the
1st thing that would cross our minds would be the 3 T’s. Time, talent and treasure.
Nung ako po ay nainvite ng mga youth leaders ng NFUMC para mag-sermon, at sinabi nila sa akin na Kuya Stewardship month po. Ang unang pumasok sa isip ko ay yung 3 T’s. At buti nlng, Praise God may isang kaibigan na bglang kaagad kaagad na sinabi, “wag na yung yun! Palagi na lang yun.Focus ka sa
ibang aspects ng Stewardship!”
Then after that, Napaisip ako, meron pa bang aspect ang stewardship? Di ba *3Ts lang yun? Tapos nagmeditate ako nakinig ng mga sermon, nagbasa ng mga articles, nag-research, para malaman ano nga ba ang stewardship?
Ano ba ang tunay na stewardship?
*Now, what is stewardship ba talga??
– to refer to a responsibility to take care of something belonging to someone else. (according to the dictionary)
– Matthew 24:45-47
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.(NIV)
Master – Stewards
– one who manages another’s wealth. He does not own it, he uses it for the profit of his master.
“We own nothing, God owns Everything”
– The main theme of Stewardship.
Important to keep this mindset about Stewardsship.
Stewardship begins and ends with the understanding of God’s ownership of all
Wala po tayong pagmamay-ari, lahat ay kay Lord. At sa pagiging steward yan ang dapat na laging nasa isip natin. Pera, Panahon, Talento, AT ang mga mahal sa buhay, ang ating kalikasan kapaligiran, ang ating pagaaral at ang Ating buhay ang lahat lahat sa atin at sa palagid natin ay kay Lord
So looking back at the meaning of being a steward, the question now is are we managing EVERYTHING THAT we have for the profit of our Lord, are we offering it to bring Glory to Him?
Yes, one may say, na yes active ako sa Church, na yes, nagchechurch ako palagi, at yes nag-ooffering ako at nagtithe ako, pero alam nyo ba na hindi lang yun ang stewardship.
Stewardship is more than that because Stewardship is a way of Life, because our lives belong to the Lord.
So offering our WHOLE LIVES, managing it well is what Stewardship really is.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.(NIV)
Stewardship is not just every sunday, Stewardship is everyday, every moment of our Lives
Ang isang halimbawa na lang ay yung pag-aaral mo, alalahanin mo, kay Lord yan. Ginagawa mo ba yung makakaya mo para mapalagaan yung pag-aaral mo? oh sinsayang mo lang ang oras
mo sa pag-dodota, pag-gimik (ouch ako yan!) o sa ibang bagay?.
Ang trabaho mo ay bigay din ni Lord, minamahal mo ba to at sinsiguradong nagagampanan mo ng maayos o pa-banjing banjing ka lang at pumapasok para lang sumuweldo??
Ang magulang mo o ang mahal mo sa buhay, bigay din sila sayo ni Lord, pero are you making sure na they are taken cared of.
Lagi kong naalala ang prayer ng mommy ko na “Ang mga anak nya daw (kami) ay hindi sa kanya kung hindi kay Lord, kaya lagi nyang inooffer at pinauubaya kami kay Lord”..
NGayon ganun din ba tayo, can we say na sa pag-aaral, trabaho at pati sa ating mahal sa buhay ay inooffer at pinapangalaagaan din ntin?
“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein.”
Psalm 24:1 (KJV)
LAHAT as in LAHAT kay LORD! wala tayong pagmamay-ari!as IN WALA!!kaya ang pag-ooffer sa kanya ng LAHAT ay hindi lang TAMA super TAMA talaga”
Actually mabait nga tlga si Lord eh.
Just think of it
Biruin mo sa 7 days natin, Isang araw lang tayo required sa church, tpos di pa whole day, sa pera natin 10% lang ang required ibigay natin, yung 90% para sa atin na, minsan nga hindi pa tlaga 10% ang naiibgay natin kasi xmpre icoconsider pa yung tax,sss,pag-ibig,gastos tpos yung matira dun pa 10%.
Pero ang tanong, narerealize ba natin yun? Oh sasabihin nlng natin ay grabe may youth activity pa after ng church, ay grabe may praktis pa ng choir ay grabe wala nkong pera, wala nkong baon wala nkong pang-gastos tpos itatithe ko pa?
The Truth is God doesn’t need our Money our effort or even our lives. He is GOD (omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent).
1 Chronicles 29:12
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. (NIV)
We only do or we should do this because we love Him because He first loved us, We do stewardship and be good stewards as a response to His goodness.
Remember: “God never stopped loving, God never stopped giving”
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Siguro Minsan nagkakaron din tayo ng kaisipan na ang pag-offer or pagiging stewards ay DAhil KAILANGAN, at minsan dahil alam nating mababalik ito, dba lagi nating nririnig “give and it
will come back to you”, Kaya minsan napapgod din tayo,
nagrereklamo na bkit kailngan pa?
Actually tama na dahil kailngan, dahil responsibilidad ntin yun gaya nalang ng tithing, at oo tama din na mababalik, naku si Lord pa! Super faithful siya! sabi nga sa kanta dba (Forever God is Faithful)..
Pero Di ba mas magandang mangibabaw yung gingagawa natin dahil LOVE natin si Lord na
dahil sa pagmamahal natin gagawin natin ang pagiging isang mabuting steward
1 Corinthians 13: 3
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. (NIV)
Si Lord lahat ng ginawa nya para sa atin ay dahil mahal na mahal nya tayo na to the point na hindi sapat na bigyan nya ang
tao ng manna from heaven (Story of Moses), na hindi
sapat na iligtas nya ang tao sa slavery at gera (david and all the prophets)
at patawarin tayo kahit ilang beses tayong magkamali (peter,david etc.),
Pero more than all of that binigay nya ang Anak nya at inoffer pa nya ang kanyang buhay para sa atin through dying at the cross. Sakit dba?
Ngayon ginawa ba ni Lord yun dahil lang responsiblity nya yun at in return mamahalin natin xa,
Ginawa nya yun without assurance na mamahalin xa, lahat ng ginagawa nya lahat ng
yun dahil He so LOVED us!
JESUS died at the cross because HE So LOVEs you and me.
In stewardship love must be our driving force, dahil like what paul said, love never fails and if in stewardship love is always there, then our being stewards may never fail.
let’s just say your favorite sport or game mo. Mahal mo yung ginagawa mo na yun na kahit matalo, mapahiya, mapagalitan ka dahil sa paggawa mo nun, you will still continue with it because you love it and just like in the church, mapagsabihan ka ni pastor, mabatukan ka ni ate at ni kuya at di ka man ma-recognize dahil sa pagiging steward mo, itutuloy mo lang ng itutuloy
Dahil mahal mo si Lord at para sa kanya yun.
Francis Kong once said
“If you love God, you would love what He wants you to do”
The Lord wants us to tithe, to offer our talents, our time, our everything.
We will because we love him
We will be good stewards with what we have,
It is not a question of how much, of how big, how plenty, of
how bonggacious, of how many but of how you gave your ALL,
Kahit taga-bati ka lang every sunday ng good morning, kahit P10 na tithe dahil 100 lang ang baon mo every week, remember
The story of poor widow?
1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.[a
3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. (NLT)
Stewardship is more than your treasure, time and talent.
Stewardship is about your whole life, dedicating it to the Lord.
Sabi nga sa kanta dba
“Habambuhay, papupurihan ka, Habambuhay maglilingkod sayo,habambuhay pag-ibig ko sayo’y iaalay”
Let us be good stewards and offer our lives to the Lord.
Glory be to God