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若你與奇普一樣，有人把他的支票本交給你，讓你有權力使用帳戶裡的錢，你會如何回應？ 當我們談到我們的財物－－我們的房子、衣服、車子、珠寶和其他東西，我們一向都認為自己就是擁有者。你曾否想過這些東西並不屬於你，你只是經理人，一個被要求要智慧地使用這些財物的管家？請解釋。 想一件你生活中的東西－－你的財物、你最珍惜的東西、或甚至是你的時間。若你相信那些並不是你的，而是上帝的，這會帶來什麼不同？ 若你站在上帝面前，祂要評定你如何處理祂的財物、資源，你認為祂會稱你是「又忠心又良善的僕人」嗎？為什麼？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
CALLED TO BE FAITHFUL STEWARDS
By: Rick Boxx
A businessman gave a checkbook to Chip, a good friend of his. He had placed $5,000 in the account for Chip to help people with significant needs. This businessman believed his generosity would be more effective by having Chip, a highly respected pastor and radio teacher, determine which people should receive financial assistance.
Part of the arrangement was to establish a specific time for the two of them to meet regularly. During those times Chip would recount stories of how the money had been used and would then have the assistance fund replenished.
Not long after starting this unusual partnership, Chip gained a surprising personal revelation. He found himself managing the businessman”s checkbook better than his own, because he knew he was going to be accountable for how the monies were spent.
Let me ask you a question: If your checkbook, and other material resources, were owned by someone else and you knew that periodically you would have to give a formal accounting of how you used those resources, do you think that would affect your decision-making process?
Only one owner. In reality, nothing that we “own” is truly ours. Years ago a very wealthy business leader died. At the memorial service, someone approached the late executive”s accountant. “How much did he leave behind?” the accountant was asked. Without hesitation, the accountant replied, “All of it.” As King Solomon wisely observed, “Naked a man comes from his mother”s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand” (Ecclesiastes 5:15).
But there is an even more important “ownership” issue that we should consider. According to the Bible, God is the owner of all things: “Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the Ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).
Called to be stewards. If this is true, what is our role? The Scriptures tell us we are to be managers of resources entrusted to our care, or “stewards.” As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:2, "Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful." Jesus said that (like Chip”s responsibility to his friend) we also will be held accountable – and rewarded accordingly: “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!” (Matthew 25:21).
I wonder what difference it would make if we awoke every morning and regarded everything in our care – our homes, our cars, our wallets, our businesses, our time, our talents – not as things that we own, but rather as things that we manage on behalf of God, who is the true Owner.
Remember: Your checkbook is not your own. It’s on loan to you from God. Are you being faithful?
Copyright 2010, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective.
How do you think you would respond if, like Chip, someone entrusted you with his checkbook and gave you the responsibility for distributing its contents?
When it comes to our material possessions – our homes, clothing, motor vehicles, jewelry and other things – we typically see ourselves as owners. Have you ever thought that instead of owning these things, you are only the manager, a steward required to use them wisely? Explain your answer. Think of one thing in your life – your financial resources, your most prized possession, or even your time? What difference would it make if you acted according to the belief that it is not really yours, but that it belongs to God? If you were to stand before God and He were to assess how you have handled His resources, do you think He would call you His “good and faithful servant”? Why or why not?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:
Proverbs 11:4,28, 18:11, 23:4-5, 27:24, 28:20; Luke 16:10-12; Corinthians 7:23-24