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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.

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“Can I speak to the manager, please?” That phrase is rarely followed up by anything good, unfortunately. In fact, I know some people who avoid management positions simply to avoid those difficult conversations.

Speaking of management positions, did you know you and I are managers? Not necessarily in the corporate world, but definitely in the spiritual world. I was reminded of that truth and our responsibility recently as I read 1 Corinthians 4…

“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Steward” is just a Biblical word for “manager.” Paul and his team were demonstrating faithfulness as “stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1), and you and I have a few things God has placed under our management oversight…

TIME

We do not own our time and are not entitled to it, we manage it.

You have the same 24 hours every day that I have it. How we spend it, waste it, or invest it is what separates a wasted life from a fruitful life. Netflix isn’t the enemy; our propensity to mismanage time is. Every day when you go to bed, you have accomplished the things you think are the most important. Each day gifts you 86,400 seconds to invest. Use them wisely.

TALENTS

We do not own our talents and gifts, we manage them.

God designed you with talents and personality traits that He wants to harness, redeem, and use for His glory. In addition to that, when you put your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowered you with spiritual gifts in order to serve God and others. Paul told Timothy not to neglect his gifts, and the same is true for us. Don’t waste the gifts and talents you’ve been given; invest wisely.

TREASURE

We do not own money, we manage it.

This one is extra challenging to understand because your name is on your paycheck that you spent 40 hours working for, as well as on your debit card, bank account, mortgage loan, and car title. With your name everywhere, it’s easy to begin thinking you actually own them all. Wrong. Don’t let your name on the bank account fool you – all that money is God’s money. You just manage it. Invest wisely.

“it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”

We are all managers. The big question is are we faithful managers?

One day “speaking to a manager” won’t just be something you do in a restaurant; it will be what Jesus does to you.

You are the manager. Are you being faithful?