I love this time of the year. Harvest season is in full swing!
Every evening I look forward to walking through our little garden to pick fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and peppers. There’s nothing like preparing a salad that was freshly picked from your own garden just moments ago.
When we planted our garden in early spring, I didn’t really see much happening for months. We’d go out daily and water, tend the soil, and add a little fertilizer. But over the last week it seems like vegetables started popping up everywhere! It’s so miraculous how that little tomato seed we planted in April is now an eight-foot tall plant, producing more tomatoes than we could ever eat!
Nothing has really changed since God placed Adam and Eve in the first ever garden at the beginning of creation. The Bible says in Genesis 2:15: “The Lord placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”
They didn’t create it, they stewarded it. The same is for us, we are called to be stewards of what God has given us.
3 keys to stewardship for an abundant harvest
God desires increase for our lives.
“Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)
When we are good stewards of our gifts, talents, time, and resources, he will “multiply our seed for increase.” When we increase, we are able to bless others, reach more people, impact more people for Christ, and experience abundance for our lives.
1. It starts with ownership
Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
God has called us all to work, to put our hands to the different aspects of our life that He has called us to steward and take ownership. We all have “gardens” in our life that need constant tending in order to produce abundant harvest. Example, If you did a poor job at tending your marriage, what kind of fruit would it produce? What weeds of frustration, neglect, mistrust would grow in its place?
2. We are accountable for what God gives us
God gives us all a unique set of abilities, talents, relationships and finances. Just as in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), God holds us accountable for how we steward each area of our life.
A huge part of our relationship with God is learning how to partner with Him, trust in Him, walk with confidence for all He has given to bring increase.
3. God rewards increase
Matthew 25:21 says “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things…”
God loves you and I so much that he uses our stewardship to activate His increase. Just as I shared earlier, it has been so fun to enjoy the fruits of my labor tending to our garden. Now that harvest season is in full swing, it’s produced so much fruit that we can help give much of it away. When we choose to steward and tend to the areas of our life, we will see His hand of abundance in our lives.
Take a minute today and ask God, “Where do I need to become a better steward today?” Write out a few intentional steps to partner with God and start tending to what he’s given you!
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