Being A Steward

The story is told of a woman who had finished shopping and returned to her car. She found four men sitting inside the car. She dropped her shopping bags, drew a handgun, and screamed, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car.”
The men did not wait for a second invitation – they got out and ran like crazy. The woman, somewhat shaken, loaded her shopping bags and then got into the car. But no matter how hard she tried, she could not get her key into the ignition. Finally it dawned on her: her car was parked four or five spaces away!
She loaded her grocery bags into her own car and then drove to the police station to turn herself in. The desk sergeant to whom she told the story nearly fell off his chair laughing.
He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four men were reporting a carjacking by an old woman with thick glasses and curly white hair, less than five feet tall, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed. (Story from
She thought it was her car, but it really belonged to someone else. In a similar way, we think our lives and our finances are our own, but they really belong to God. As believers, we need to develop the mindset of a steward. We have been blessed with many material and immaterial goods, but they all come from the Lord. Learning to care for them properly and use them correctly takes a lifetime.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

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