The Strategy of Stewardship: Receiving Work God Prepared
Job search, career transition and seeking God’s work are tough issues to face.
I find it just as true for me as founder of Crossroads Career Network, as it is for you as a career explorer or jobseeker. We both have the opportunity to hear and follow God’s calling to the work He has already prepared for us.
Recently I found one word and three principles that have helped me – a lot!
The 3 Principles of Stewardship
The word that impacted me is ‘stewardship.’ Webster defines stewardship as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
The first principle of stewardship is to be faithful with whatever God gives me. It could be a new idea, relationship, or project opportunity. It also includes what God has already given me: my experiences, abilities, personality traits, interests and values. In our ministry, it is best reflected in our 4th Value: Serve Others as We are Gifted. Whatever He gives, be a good steward of it to the next step today.
The second principle which I find even more challenging is to not worry about what God does not give me. So many times I get frustrated with what I do not have that I start striving with my circumstances, my lack of whatever, even myself and my God. What a waste of time and energy. The principle implies that I?have no responsibility for what God does not give me, and only those things he does give me. So instead of striving, I should be thriving with what I have.
The third principle helps me know how to deal with principles one and two. Take every thought captive in obedience to Christ. What that means to me is pray without ceasing (as best I can). If I have a thought about something, before I act on it, pray about it. Look before I leap. That might include counsel from others, reading the Scripture, and taking notes for further prayer. For important issues, I often think, pray and work on whatever it is before I go to bed. The next morning I take my thought back to God in prayer, wait, listen and take notes. Often I am much clearer about what He has given, not given me, and what I should do next.
The Strategy of Stewardship
Good stewardship includes planning, organizing, directing and following up. It takes intentionality, prayer and being alert. But there is an important difference. Rather I make my plan and ask God to bless it, I ask for His plan – the work He prepared for me.
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