By Dr. David O. Oyedepo
Serving God is a most profitable endeavour. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures (Job 36:11). Our rating in the kingdom is a function of the quality of our stewardship.
As we already know, in this month of July, we are dwelling on the pillar of Success, which is one of the twelve pillars of this Commission. In this edition, we will be exploring the topic: “Engaging the Miracle Power of Kingdom Stewardship!”
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:44-45).
If you obey and serve God, you won’t have to struggle through life. You will command breakthroughs in all spheres of life. My life is a clear interpretation of the breakthroughs that attend to those who care to serve God.
It is therefore of utmost importance to understand what kingdom stewardship is all about and what makes your stewardship acceptable. In God’s kingdom, only certified servants become great leaders. That means, the greatest in the kingdom are the greatest stewards (Luke 22:26-27).
What is Kingdom Stewardship?
It is a practical commitment to all forms of kingdom promotion endeavours. It means being practically committed to the things of God.
It is an engagement of your spirit, soul and body. It also means being overly excited about the advancement of the kingdom and investing in it to prove your commitment. That is what kingdom stewardship is all about. It is not theoretical; it is not about saying it because others are saying it, no! It is about being actively involved. In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury (Proverbs 14:23).
We can look at stewardship from three perspectives:
v Spiritual Stewardship: It is engaging in soul-winning and kingdom promotion prayers. You can raise a prayer altar for the church in your home; when you do that, you are investing spiritually in advancing the kingdom of God. Every spiritual investment is recorded for returns (Hebrews 6:10).
v Physical Stewardship: This involves taking practical steps to ensure things go well in the church. Your little strength is being engaged in doing one thing or another in the church and for the church.
What do you get from physical stewardship? Your strength is renewed because you are investing your little strength in God’s kingdom, so He multiples it back to you.
v Material and Financial Stewardship: Financial stewardship involves putting in your finances in the building of churches as God empowers you. You can purchase vehicles, chairs, musical equipments, generators, decoration material and minister to the needs of others as you are given the opportunity.
WE SERVE A “REWARDER” GOD
Recognise that stewardship is a choice, not a gift. Every form of stewardship is highly “rewardable.” God is a “rewarder” of them who diligently seek Him in whatever area they are involved.
...for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
You don’t ever lose anything by serving God; you are investing into your destiny. Nobody may see your seed in the ground, but when the fruit comes up, everybody will see it.
God has said that each one will receive his own rewards according to his own labour. So, God is assessing your impute to determine your returns.
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour (1 Corinthians 3:8).
As long as you are engaged in kingdom stewardship, in truth and in deed, God has vowed that your war will cease. There are many people who are not fighting any wars; they are living as “more than conquerors.” This is because they have won their wars by Kingdom service.
Also note that God does not delay His rewards; He comes on time. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be (Revelations 22:12). God does not use people, He raises them. He is not looking for whom to use, but whom to bless. So, your investment entitles you to automatic returns.
Examples of Supernatural Breakthroughs through Stewardship
Job was a businessman and God called him His servant. Job emerged the greatest of all men in his time. Even when he was challenged, he never disconnected. Hence, he was colourfully restored and His star rose.
Daniel was a die-hard servant of God. He was unruffled, standing strong for God and turning many to Righteousness.
Paul was the chief of the Apostles. He was shining forth as a star from the platform of stewardship. He was under an oath to serve and he served to the outermost. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! (1 Corinthians 9:16).
What makes your Stewardship Acceptable to God?
Until stewardship is acceptable, it is not “rewardable”. So, it is important to know what makes your stewardship acceptable.
v Serve God Righteously: Serve God with godliness. That is what makes service acceptable; not playing games. Therefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28).
v Serve God Cheerfully: Whatever you don’t do joyfully cannot be fruitful, because God loves a cheerful giver (Joel 1:11-12).
v Serve God willingly: Stewardship without willingness is not acceptable. For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me (1 Corinthians 9:17).
v Serve God Tirelessly: Every reward answers at the end. If you give up before your reward comes, you won’t get it. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).
v Serve God Fearfully: All of your investments must be from this platform. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever (Psalm 111:10).
v Serve God Diligently: Be productive, don’t just be present. Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men( Proverbs 22:29).
v Serve God Alone: Serving God will only be profitable when you don’t add any other thing alongside your service to God. Because of the pressures of life, a lot of believers seem to get distracted. ...thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Luke 4:8).
The Power Of Stewardship
Kingdom Stewardship is very powerful and it will take you to anywhere in life. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures (Job 36:11).
You cannot serve God without knowing, and you cannot serve God without people around you knowing. You cannot be a successful steward until you make yourself of no reputation. You cannot be a successful servant except you remain small in your own eyes. You must take upon yourself the form of a servant; that is how leaders are made in the kingdom.
Nobody ever outgrows stewardship. There is always something you can do to keep winning the heart of God and changing levels continually. So, whether you are in ministry, industry, politics or business, stewardship is the covenant platform for supernatural breakthroughs! Grace to serve God continually and acceptably, receive it today!
· I declare you, your family and all your endeavours blessed!
· God has ordained your early rising, and you must rise!
· Your struggles must end by today’s encounter!
· This day marks the end of all struggles in your life!
· There will be no more assaults in your family!
· Every arrow of the wicked targeting you, returns back to sender!
· You will not rupture your destiny through bribery and corruption!
· Within the next two weeks, your labour for this year must find rewards!
· Before they finish mocking you, you will be found on top of the world!
· May you never grow weary in stewardship!
· You will see your children’s children to their fourth generation!
· You will see your children reigning while you are still alive!
· Feebleness is rooted out of your life!
· Cancer is rooted out of your life!
· From now, you will begin to operate on Jesus’ frequency!
· Although nothing may seem to have worked hitherto, this month is taking you to your high places!
· Whatever barrier is standing on your way, they are brought down today!
· From today, no more molestation!
· Receive grace for tireless engagement today!
· The nature of a servant which makes a leader becomes your portion!
· From today, you will not be looking for who will serve you; you will be looking for whom to serve!
· By this encounter today, supernaturally, your star rises this month!