The Second Sphere of Stewardship
In His Presence: As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (
The second sphere God has entrusted to us is talent. This area includes the skills that God has bestowed on us for His purpose. A more specific word for a Christian's talent would be giftedness. God doesn't give us talent just so we can benefit from it—it's meant to benefit others.
We live in the "me" generation. Everyone only wants to be served, not to serve. There is not an overflow of God's goodness coming out of the hearts of people. But Romans 12 describes how God has given us gifts for the purpose of serving others: "Through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (vv. 3-5).
In these verses, Paul said we shouldn't get the wrong idea about who we are and lose sight of God's grace. We are who we are by God's grace; therefore, we should be willing to serve Him with all He has given us. In this way, others will grow in their relationship with Him. If we are only recipients of God's gifts and not conduits of His grace, we are abusing the stewardship role.
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God expects that since He is good to you, you should be good to somebody else.