15 Days of Prayer

Day 14: Stewardship and Accountability

November 3, 2019

OUR DESIRED CULTURE

  • We are good stewards, embracing accountability and valuing measurement to assess our effectiveness.

REHEARSE: Worthy of Your Name

READ:
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
(Matthew 25:14-30 NIV)

REFLECT:
What can we measure? In a spiritual work, there’s a difference between what we can do and what God alone can do. We can’t produce spiritual fruit, nor can we manufacture spiritual generations. These are the work of the Holy Spirit. This reality, however, doesn’t mean we don’t have a stewardship responsibility with all that God has entrusted to us as Navigators. We can only count, for instance, the number of new believers after God changes someone’s heart. We can, however, be good stewards of our time and money by effectively doing the work of an evangelist and sharing the gospel. Are we sowing good seed abundantly? It can be uncomfortable to embrace accountability and to assess our effectiveness through measurement. It requires humility. It requires transparency. We all long to hear “well done, good and faithful servant.” Let’s embrace the responsibility that comes with being faithful stewards.

RESPOND:
What’s the hardest thing for you about being a faithful steward in the work of the Kingdom?

REQUEST:

  • Ask the Lord to make us increasingly better stewards, embracing accountability and valuing measurement to assess our effectiveness.
  • Pray for the exhibit hall presenters at the NSG as they prepare their messages.

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