Once we can recognize God as our creator and owner it helps to prepare us spiritually for a life of true stewardship. If we embrace our role and purpose in life as a steward, then we understand we are “accountable” to the Owner for a return on what He has blessed us with. Let’s reflect a moment on our perspective of accountability.
In our day to day lives we have become comfortable with our self-imposed levels of accountability. The most common areas for us are around local municipal laws and regulations – speed limits, stop signs, stop lights, no parking areas …
To make sure we are prepared to live within these boundaries we have to pass a test to obtain a drivers license just to have the privilege to participate in driving and thus we become accountable to the laws and rules that are set for us. We know these boundaries are for our safety and well-being, but we also would have to admit that we transgress them from time to time.
We also know that if we are caught in that transgression, we stand accountable to the law we broke and the municipality that established it. We also readily understand that we are responsible for our conduct while driving and we cannot compare our view of the laws or our transgressions to others. We may know all to well how this goes when our response to the officer that pulled us over for speeding is “ but officer everybody else was passing me….”
If simply apply this logic to stewardship, we are accountable to the owner for what he has entrusted to us and He has provided guidelines and boundaries for us in all areas of our lives on how we are to conduct ourselves and how we reflect our accountability by our actions. By looking at God as our creator and owner and knowing we are accountable for giving back to Him a return on the blessings he has provided us, it positions us to live our lives more from our heart and spirit than our head.
Our brains are powerful computers, but we may often solve lots of challenges that God never intended us to bear but we ignored His speed limit or stop sign. We are by no means less accountable to God when we transgress His standards in our daily lives. His expectations of us are clear even though they may not be written down on a big sign by the highway they are imparted to our conscious minds every day and we are accountable to Him every day. If we keep our head down working where He has placed us and not complaining and comparing ourselves to others there is much God can accomplish with our lives for His purpose.
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